The Nigerian Communication Commission’s plan to increase the rate of data tariffs has been put on hold by the Senate following a hearing.
“Pending the finalisation of the study on the determination of cost-based pricing for retail broadband and data services in Nigeria,” the NCC had directed the major telecom networks that the cheapest their data could go for was 0.90k/MB.
The directive is supposed to favor small market share holders like Smile and Spectranet, who are still allowed to charge below the new floor plan.
The Senate however slammed the proposed hike, after it was brought up in a motion by the Senate Deputy Leader, Bala N’Allah. Senate President Bukola Saraki criticized the regulatory body for the rash initiation of the policy.
The new tariff was expected to commence on the 1st of December, and would have seen as much as a 300% increment in the data tariffs from MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat. The news had spurned a massive protest on social media, as many yet again criticized President Buhari’s administration.
CBN: Tax phone calls
NCC: Increase price of data
FRSC: Raise cost of licence
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Nigerians: Kuku kill us!
— Amara Nwankpa (@Nwankpa_A) November 30, 2016
NCC's move is an attempt to favour a few interests at the expense of consumers &other telcos who have been committed to the sector for years
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) November 30, 2016