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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

NCC suspends planned hike in data tariff

Authorities of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC has suspended its plan to increase data tariff on all telecommunication networks with effect from tomorrow December 1st. A statement by the commission says the suspension is to allow for further consultation by all stakeholders.

There has been a public outright since the commission announced plans to direct telecommunication networks to increase their data tariffs. Read the press statement by NCC, after the cut.

Following the 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.
The decision to suspend this directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by Consumers across the country.
The Commission has weighed all of this and consequently asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria.
Recall that the Commission wrote to the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on November 1, 2016 on the determination of an interim price floor for data services after the stakeholder’s consultative meeting of October 19, 2016.
The decision to have a price floor was primarily to promote a level playing field for all operators in the industry, encourage small operators and new entrants.
The price floor in 2014 was N3.11k/MB but was removed in 2015. The price floor that was supposed to flag off on December 1, 2016 was N0.90k/MB.
In taking that decision, the smaller operators were exempted from the new price regime, by virtue of their small market share. The decision on the price floor was taken in order to protect the consumers who are at the receiving end and save the smaller operators from predatory services that are likely to suffocate them and push them into extinction.
The price floor is not an increase in price but a regulatory safeguard put in place by the telecommunications regulator to check anti-competitive practices by dominant operators.
This statement clarifies the insinuation in some quarters that the regulator has fixed prices for data services. This is not true because the NCC does not fix prices but provides regulatory guidelines to protect the consumers, deepen investments and safeguard the industry from imminent collapse.
Before the new suspended price floor of N0.90k/MB, the industry average for dominant operators including MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, EMTS Limited (Etisalat) and Airtel Nigeria Limited was N0.53k/MB.
Etisalat offered (N0.94k/MB), Airtel (N0.52k/MB), MTN (N0.45k/MB) and Globacom (N0.21k/MB).
The smaller operators/ new entrants charge the following: Smile Communications N0.84k/MB, Spectranet N0.58k/MB and NATCOMS (NTEL) N0.72k/MB.
The NCC as a responsive agency of government takes into consideration the feelings of the consumers and so decided to suspend the new price floor.
Signed
Tony Ojobo
Director, Public Affairs
​​​​​​NCC

44 comments:

Uju Phil said...

Better....!

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Good

Iphie Abraham said...

Thank God o








Lib addict#just passing#

Ogenah Boris said...

Better

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Thanks to heavenly senators!SHAMELESS APC NCC UNA FOR NO SUSPEND AM NA FREEBORN FOR SEND UNA DOG OF WAR WITH 5 HEADS. So una no get sympathy huh? This is to show una that these guys want to suffer Nigeria. So upon all the suffering terrorist buhari put Nigerians into una no dey see am huh? Shameless USELESS GOVERNMENT OF BRAIN DEAD ALMAJIRIES. thanks to Nigeria senators i am proud of una for this one. THEY WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER WAY TO MILK NIGERIANS NOW,BUY DATA PLAN U WILL BE SURPRISE HOW IT WILL END OR THE WILL COME ON CALL. terrorist buhari resign ooooo resign oo resign ooooo u are a disgrace to call a president oo























#sad indeed

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad zinalima said...

Thanks to heavenly senators!SHAMELESS APC NCC UNA FOR NO SUSPEND AM NA FREEBORN FOR SEND UNA DOG OF WAR WITH 5 HEADS. So una no get sympathy huh? This is to show una that these guys want to suffer Nigeria. So upon all the suffering terrorist buhari put Nigerians into una no dey see am huh? Shameless USELESS GOVERNMENT OF BRAIN DEAD ALMAJIRIES. thanks to Nigeria senators i am proud of una for this one. THEY WILL LOOK FOR ANOTHER WAY TO MILK NIGERIANS NOW,BUY DATA PLAN U WILL BE SURPRISE HOW IT WILL END OR THE WILL COME ON CALL. terrorist buhari resign ooooo resign oo resign ooooo u are a disgrace to call a president oo























#sad indeed

livingstone chibuike said...

better

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Gbam. Buhari won't gag us!

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Madness. So there wasn't due consultation b4 suddenly trying to enforce it upon us. God will visit y'all one by one!


Long Live LIB

Joyous babe,Linda ikeji first cousin said...

Good!

Uzodave Startech said...

Awon weere jatijati.

Anonymous said...

NCC - Nigerian Crazy Comission bunch of fools

christie benjamin said...

Great news!

Edu said...

Those punks better consult well. Do they know the ripple effect it will have on other Sectors- card vendors, entrepreneurs and online trading.
I keep wondering how difficult leadership could be. Some other countries are doing great at it.
Why must our leaders reason through their anus.
Well like elder said this kain life is not sustainable. Our misdeeds will forever hunt us. Just look at Obasanjo now, he would wish he did a lot more.

Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

E no go beta for una, shebi una dey find person wey una go kill

Nseabasi Ekpo said...

GOOD FOR THEM

sa'adatu ibrahim said...

Thank God O! i pray They should please not Increase the tariff o.

Ohiren's Zone said...

Hiss!.

Juliet Iwuno said...

Better! Linda take note!

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Gloria Onwuma said...

Better..... mtchew......

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Ope o


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Bonita Bislam said...

Better for them oh.These people keep increasing tariffs anyhow with no regards to our per capita income and infrastructure
Seems there's conspiracy by this govt and the bourgeois in this country to punish the have nots

Chizzy Liz said...

**************************what wr dey thinking????????? So agbachibuo fa nkiti fa ezuzughaliwa upandan with dia hike....... And if others hike finish......... Mtn and airtel with dia stupid network go follow hike.....

OSINANL said...

GOOD FOR THEM...

Anonymous said...

Hahaa... finally!

Odibe Blessing said...

Nice one

Frances Amaechi said...

Hmm.....better for them.

GALORE said...

Better...God for just help me punish this government






@Galore

Frances Amaechi said...

Hmm.....better for them.

sholetoga said...

Thank God oh. This evil scam change government of Buhari and his sawdust brain ministers should not kill us with their hardship. We return it back to them and their families....WTF

soul child said...

Idiots!!!!!

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Nigeria is the worst country on planet earth and thats fact....
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

LAS GidDY said...

IDIOTS!!! Trying to give us HBP viz-a-viz on-going recession caused by the worst president so far in the history of Nigeria.

I'm really vexing for this country

Julius Idowu said...

Very good

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ahabike daniel said...

Good news

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Vivian Reginalds said...

very good
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tejiri kodu said...

So whY did they not consult before concluding , must everything in Nigeria be done from reverse ?

Jamila Shaibu said...

Cool

Anonymous said...

Forcing increased prices on us and telling us it is in our best interests. I blame una? I know they will force this on us March 2017.

Anonymous said...

Help the small operators by taxing them next to nothing. Don't increase the taxes of big operators yet. The populace is too hungry for that. Our solace lies in these things which 200% inflation has not affected.

eva eriemo said...

In these recession, hmmmm..... Thank God we were considered .

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