Nigeria’s Senate has ordered the NCC to stop its proposed data price hike

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In an interesting turn of events, the Nigerian Senate has all but ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to rescind on its earlier directive saying mobile operators should change their data tariff pricing.

The NCC had earlier re-introduced the data price floor, setting it at 0.90k/MB, in order to “provide a level playing field for all operators in the industry [allowing] small operators and new entrants to acquire market share and operate profitably.”

The regulator directed the big four telecoms operators in Nigeria (MTN, Globacom, Etisalat and Airtel) to review their data pricing by December 1, 2016, which effectively meant a hike in data prices.

The deputy Senate leader brought the matter before the house.

And the Senators were unanimous in their rejection of the directive by NCC.

As expected, the news was met with joy by several Nigerians.

On the other hand, a few people have questioned the legality of the Senate’s order considering that the NCC is an independent entity.

A visit to the NCC’s twitter account shows that the regulator is still silent over the issue. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.