MTN Rwanda Fine: What would Nigeria have done?


Rwanda has just fined MTN USD8.5 million for relocating its IT services to Uganda.

This is a concerning decision but a brave one from a country that wants to develop its IT and tech ecosystem.

Can Nigeria fine a company for relocating its IT infrastructure to another country?

Many companies including loss-making startups brag to be hosting their data abroad or even maintain a full-fledged data center and tech hubs elsewhere.

In the end, we complain of high unemployment and lack of depth in the system.

I believe our policy makers need to wake up and make the environment conducive but also ensure the system benefits by encouraging local content in tech.