November 30, 2016

NCC Finally Suspends Plans To Increase Price Of Data Plans (Released by Press)

Hello guys, it's a good News as NCC bows to pressure from Nigerian. The plan to increase price of  data by NCC has been cancelled by NCC. Thanks to all who fought for their right at least we can now start to enjoy cheap subscription by our network providers.

Below was released by their press :

NCC suspends directive on data segment price floor.

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

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.

In taking that decision, the smaller operators were exempted from the new price regime, by virtue of their small market share. The decision on the price floor was taken in order to protect the consumers who are at the receiving end and save the smaller operators from predatory services that are likely to suffocate them and push them into extinction.

The price floor is not an increase in price but a regulatory safeguard put in place by the telecommunications regulator to check anti-competitive practices by dominant operators. This statement clarifies the insinuation in some quarters that the regulator has fixed prices for data services. This is not true because the NCC does not fix prices but provides regulatory guidelines to
protect the consumers, deepen investments and safeguard the industry from imminent collapse.

Before the new suspended price floor of N0.90k/ MB, the industry average for dominant operators including MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, EMTS Limited (Etisalat) and Airtel Nigeria Limited was N0.53k/MB. Etisalat offered (N0.94k/MB), Airtel (N0.52k/MB), MTN (N0.45k/MB) and Globacom(N0.21k/MB).

The smaller operators/ new entrants charge the following: Smile Communications N0.84k/MB, Spectranet N0.58k/MB and NATCOMS (NTEL) N0.72k/MB. The NCC as a responsive agency of government takes into consideration the feelings of the consumers and so decided to suspend the new price floor.

Tony Ojobo
Director, Public Affairs

Now i am like :

Meaning we won at last. Thanks to those who fought for this. If we don't fight, i am sure this would have increase the rate of recession in Nigeria. Therefore there won't be changes in price of data anymore. Let start flexing our normal data subscription. No need to rush and start thinking of a way to survive this because the done deed has been cancelled.

What Really Happened Was That, 

Just recently the the Deputy Senate Leader Ibn N'Allah has ensured to stop the increase in data tariffs/plan price by the telecomms. which i will say that the over policies of the Senators in all totality condemned the increase of price of data by the network  providers in
tandem with @NgComCommission.

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