Thank God! NCC Suspends Plan To Increase Data Price

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Recently, The Nigerian Communications Commission has sent a letter to the big telecom 
operators, the content of the letter is to direct the telecom operators that the floor plan for data would be 0.90kobo per Megabyte.

The decision was said to be effecive as from 1st of December, 2016 while still waiting for the final decision that will be made over the cost-based pricing for retail broadband and data services in Nigeria”.

Many Nigerians are already thinking of what to do as this proposed data hike as brought a lot of fear to many who were already anticipating the move.

But shortly after this, the Senate had told the Nigerian Communications Commission to stop the proposed increase in the price of data until all outstanding issues are resolved.

According to channels Tv,

The National Assembly on Wednesday, directed its committee on communication to meet with the service providers and get back to them.

The NCC of recent mandated all the Top five telecommunication giants in the country, to increase their data tariffs beginning from Thursday, December 1, 2016.
The Public Affairs Director, Tony Ojobo, released a  statement saying:
“The decision to suspend this directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by Consumers across the country“.
He also said that the
 Commission has made a decision and the decision is that all telecommunication operators must maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria.

According to him, “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 suspension of the increase in the price floor was done to protect the consumers who are at the receiving end and also to save the smaller telecom operators from predatory services that are likely to suffocate them and push them into extinction.

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