MTN, Airtel, Glo, Others Set To Increase Call, Data Rates By 15 Percent

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Telecommunications providers are lobbying the federal government to grant the planned increase in telecom tariffs in the country. Sources at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy have said that Nigerian subscribers will pay between 10% and 15% more than the current tariffs if the telcos’ request is guaranteed. Since November last year, the telecom operators have pleaded with the government to approve their request to review upward, the current call and data tariffs.

Telecom companies have not adjusted their prices for years despite inflation. Meanwhile, some observed that they may have been reducing data to cover for this. The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) revealed on Thursday, November 16, 2023, that the current tariff regime in the sector is no longer sustainable. The government is, however, yet to grant their request until the 2024 budget becomes operational and works start in earnest. According to the source, there are ongoing considerations and discussions on how the increase will not affect poor Nigerians.

President of the National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS), Deolu Ogunbanjo said the association would resist telcos’ attempts to review tariffs upward. Ogunbanjo said: “Telecom services are poor Nigerians’ lifeline; any attempt to increase tariffs now will amount to killing Nigerians economically and we will resist it with all legal means.”

He added that the government has already looked into the high duties, forex scarcity, and another complaint by the telecommunication companies, adding that they have nothing to justify.

 

 

 

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