NCC allays fears emanating from subscribers following agitation by telecommunications operators to increase services tariffs.
Written by News Room on May 9, 2022
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has allayed fears emanating from subscribers in the country following the agitation by telecommunications operators to increase services tariffs.
NCC in a statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ike Adinde, said it ensures that any cost determined, as an outcome of such transparent studies is fair enough as to enhance healthy competition among operators, provide wider choices for the subscribers as well as ensure sustainability of the Nigerian telecoms industry.
NCC said it has monitored with keen interest the deluge of reports in the media on the demand by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) ostensibly to increase tariffs of telecoms services and has taken notes of the fears being expressed by subscribers on the agitation.
The demand being made by MNOs under the auspices of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), citing high cost of running their operations as the major reason for their proposed tariff hike is contained in a letter to the commission.
ALTON had last week proposed a 40 per cent increase in the cost of calls, Short Messaging Services (SMS), and data to the NCC as a result of the rising cost of running a business in the nation. Based on their proposal, they expect the price floor of calls to increase from 6 naira 4 kobo to 8 naira 95 kobo while the price cap of SMS will increase from 4 Naira to 5 naira 61 kobo.