NCC Debunks Plans To Increase Data Tariff

The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) has assured telecom subscribers that telecom operators will not approve the immediate increment of call, data and SMS tariffs by 40 percent.

NCC said there would not be any cost review in the telecom sector until empirical studies are conducted to ascertain if increments are necessary.

The Communication’s Director of Public Affairs Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde disclosed this on Friday.

According to Dr. Adinde, no tariff increase will be effected by the operators without due regulatory approval by the Commission.

He stated that the current tarriff regime being administered by the service providers is a product of NCC’s determination both for voice and SMS in the past.

However, while there could be justifiable reasons for MNOs’ demand for tarrif increase, Dr. Adinde noted that they are not allowed to do such either individually or collectively without recourse to NCC, following the outcome of a cost study.

Ibiwumi Ishola

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