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30 Nov 2016

NCC Takes Decision On Increase In Data Tariffs After Senate's Declaration

Barely three hours after the Senate passed a resolution asking Telecommunications Service Providers to stop the planned increase in data tariffs, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has announced the immediate suspension of the new tariff for data services by mobile operators.
Some telecommunications service providers had recently issued statements to subscribers though customised Short Messaging Services, SMS, intimating them of the imminent plans to increase tariffs on all mobile data purchased, with effect from Thursday, 1st December, 2016.

According to the service providers, the development was not unconnected with the new guidelines by the regulating agency of the government, the NCC.

The Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday however announced the immediate suspension of the new minimum pricing template for data services by mobile operators in the country.

The director, Public Affairs at the NCC, Tony Ojobo, said the decision to rescind its earlier directive to telecom operators to commence charging the new floor price rate for data from December 1, was to allow for further consultation with industry interest groups.

“Following concerns that visited the directive to introduce price floor for data segment of the telecommunications sector beginning from December 1, 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has suspended any further action in that direction,” Mr. Ojobo said in a statement.

“The decision to suspend this directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by consumers across the country.”

Mr. Ojobo said the Commission has already asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in the country.

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