The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed mobile telephone operators in the country to jerk up data tariffs with effect from December 1.
The regulator had in a letter dated Nov 1 titled: Re: Determination of an Interim Price Floor for Data Services referred the telcos to its letter dated July 29 and the Industry Stakeholders meeting that was held on October 19 where service providers were asked to comment on the interim price floor for data services.
Small operators and new entrants are hereby exempted from price floor for data services; for avoidance of doubt, a small operator is one that has less than 7.5 per cent of market share and a new entrant is an operator that has operated less than three years in the market.
“NCC however warned operators to ensure that subscribers are not automatically migrated to the “pay as you go platform”.
The letter to the telcos also reminded them that the effective date for the interim price floor is December 1, adding that in view of the above, all service providers should ensure that tariff for data service reflects the Determination.
On Monday, MTN sent messages to its customers announcing that there would be an increase in its data tariffs on December 1.
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