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NCC to telcos, ‘you can’t increase calls & data tariff now’



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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refused to grant telecom operators in the country permission to increase tariff on calls and data, to protect many people from being deprived of access to communications.

Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, who stated this in Abuja, said that although Nigeria has one of the lowest telecom tariffs in the world, calls for tariff hike by operators were unnecessary.

“We will continue to look at the regime of fees being charged by services providers; I am talking on voice services, SMS or data service, to ensure these rates are consistent with global best practices as Nigeria cannot live in isolation.

“From time to time, we do benchmarking, so that Nigeria will not be in the forefront of charging very high prices as well as ensure that the mobile operators are not charging amounts that are unrealistic, which will make them lose their business,” he explained.

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