Nigerians To Pay More For Phone Calls As NCC Reviews Call Tariffs


NCC Reviews Call Tariffs: Nigerians To Pay More For Phone Calls

There are indications that Nigerians might have to pay more for phone calls and telephone services in Nigeria in 2017.

On Thursday, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) commenced a review of the Mobile Voice Termination Rate in the telecom sector.

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The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Dambatta, made this known while speaking at the stakeholders’ forum on cost based study.

Prof. Umar Dambatta said the Commission deemed it necessary to review the rate set in 2013 in view of the current market realities.

According to the NCC Vice Chairman, the review was consistent with the Commission’s principle of ensuring participatory regulation in the telecom sector.

Prof. Dambatta highlighted the importance of the exercise.

He pointed out that the telecom market requires a sound and functional interconnection regime to be able to fine tune the regulatory regime.

NCC Reviews Call Tariffs: Nigerians To Pay More For Calls

According to him, this would help lead the Nigerian telecoms market towards full competition and effective regulation.

When completed, the NCC Vice Chairman stated that the scale of changes will inevitably affect the unit cost of providing services.

This includes interconnection and may lead to differences between regulated interconnection rates and underlying costs.

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For the average Nigerian, the move by the NCC will result in differences between on-net and off-net retail tariffs, making off-net a bit more expensive.

In November 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission had attempted an upwards review of the internet data charges by mobile telecoms service providers effective December 1 2017.

The move, however, was met with huge outcry from the public leading to the move being shelved by the industry regulator.

With the NCC’s latest move, Nigerians would ultimately be required to pay ore for telephone services as providers would be compelled to jack up prices.