Stop3

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.

https://twitter.com/afalli/status/803922999002955776

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.

Read this next
More From TC

TC Townhall: The State of Healthtech in Nigeria will convene some of the leading healthcare innovators, investors and policymakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the sector. As well as put together proposals that policymakers can implement to support the rapid growth of the sector.

Internet, Politics, Technology
19th December 2018

The vice presidential debate is over and Nigerian Twitter is awash with comments about how smart some of the candidates’ responses were and how some others simply fell hand. Anticipation ahead of the elections is building just as is excitement around the potential usefulness of blockchain technology across various fields. Sadly, some of us may not even get the chance to cast a vote next year.

Features, Gadgets, Technology
15th December 2018

As far as I can recall, I’ve owned seven phones in the last nine years, four of which forcefully ended up with people who needed them more than I did. Out of the remaining three, I recall handing one down to a younger sibling and disposing another in a waste bag during spring cleaning. I haven’t given much thought to where my current phone will end up when it no longer serves its purpose. Until now.


TechCabal is a Big Cabal Media brand



Copyright © 2019
All rights reserved

Privacy & Terms