The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Wednesday, November 30, announced the immediate suspension of the new minimum pricing template for data services by mobile operators.
This is coming shortly after the Senate had asked the NCC to stop the planned data price increase until all parties meet to resolve the outstanding issues.
The new rate, which would have led to a 200% price increase in data for Nigerians, was scheduled to take effect from December 1.
The commission and the Muhammadu Buhari government had however come under intense pressure and criticisms following the announcement leading to the call by the Senate during Wednesday’s plenary for the move to be suspended.
The National Assembly on Wednesday, directed its committee on communication to meet with the service providers and get back to them.
The NCC had mandated the five big telecommunication operators in the country, to increase their data tariffs beginning from Thursday, December 1, 2016.
In a statement by the commission’s Public Affairs Director, Tony Ojobo, stated 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.
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.
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