After the many cries and wailing of Nigerians that the greeted the news of data tariff increase, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has, Wednesday, suspended its planned data tariff increase.
This is following the Senate order to halt the increment as well as the public outcry that greeted the planned action.
NCC announced the immediate suspension of the new minimum pricing template for data services by mobile operators saying the decision is to allow for further consultation.
In a statement Signed by it’s Director, Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, the commission said “directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by Consumers across the country.”
It said it has therefore directed all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria is done.
“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.”