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It Isn't Over Yet: Communications Minister Advises Nigerians to Prepare for A Data Price Hike.

Yesterday, the Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu, asked Nigerians to be prepared for an impending data price hike.

His statement came up after a committee was set up to investigate the proposed data tariff hike, some of the committee members include Senator Solomon Adeola who noted the public outcry over the proposed data price hike. However, NCC Executive Vice Chairman Prof. Umar Dambatta told the committee that NCC’s intervention was not designed to undermine consumers, but to protect the Nigerian consumer from unhealthy price war and also create a balance between big and small operators. In his words:

“We wanted to protect the Nigerian consumer from the unhealthy price war in what may lead to a monopoly that may lead us to the days of NITEL. We did not increase any price, but merely provided a regulatory standard to protect small telecom operators.”
“We said in the interim directive measure that no operator should sell below 90k per megabyte. There was a price war in the market; that was why we issued the interim directive.
“A situation where a dominant operator provides services far below what is obtainable in the sector in order to attract more customers may lead to a situation where smaller operators will be forced to shut down.

He believes, that if the situation arose where the smaller operators could no longer cope, the consequences could be better imagined. Dambatta said the need to avert a crisis in the industry informed the decision to introduce an interim price floor for data services at N0.90k per BM.
So, what next?
NCC will conduct an extensive research to come up with a price floor that would be acceptable to Nigerians.
No words on when this “extensive research” will be concluded.
Source: TheNations

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11 comments on “It Isn't Over Yet: Communications Minister Advises Nigerians to Prepare for A Data Price Hike.

  1. KingAbsolute says:

    Its like someone or some persons have collect back-hand bribe to try to hike data price again…
    Kwontinue!

  2. Rotimi popoola says:

    What do they stand to gain from this data price hike….. Misstechy we nid to protest

    1. Ndubuisi Emmanuel says:

      we need to protest? Hahahahahah.. Biko don’t make me laff abeg. Protest na small thing. We need to do riot and go on strike.
      #it’sAlliSay.

  3. pWilliams says:

    not again….why won’t this people free this data matter once and for all…they are talking about the survival of small telcos, can someone give me example of *SMALL TELCOS* is it MTN, Airtel, Etisalat or abi GLo… this Guys have made it big in this country… the should be reducing the price not hiking it

    1. Anonymous says:

      thumb up for your comment

  4. Victor Molokwu says:

    Who are the small operators? Ty Danjuma’s Ntel?
    This is What you get when put square pegs in round holes.
    At a public forum recently, Shittu, Minister of comms said
    “I am a politician not an expert, I can’t tell you if NCC was wrong or right”.
    Let us enjoy our “Change” happily.
    Sai Baba!!

  5. Ahless says:

    Guys i think i have an idea why they are increasing the price hike, remember the CBN governor said they should collect tax for all 3 minutes voice calls, if this happens Nigerians will start using Whatsapp call, Skype Call, Imo Call and the rest to bypass that 3 minutes tax. So i think they want to increase the data price to discourage Nigerians from using the Voice Over Internet.
    Just thinking and not assuming

  6. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I HAVE TO SAY I KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE BUT I WILL KEEP MUM UNTIL IT SURFACES IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE.
    ALL I WILL SAY IS NIGERIANS SHOULD WATCH OUT…

    1. Ken says:

      Rme at your tedious comment. Prophet of Doom

  7. Youngman says:

    Am tired of this country.

  8. Anonymous says:

    WhatsApp Voice And Video Has Taken Over From Mobile Operators. They Want To Fight Back. What A Failed State.

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