Just like many Nigerians, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce is against the idea of data increase and has vowed to lend his voice in the fight against the increment of tariffs.
He shared a post on Facebook today, Wednesday 30th November, stating that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as a regulator, should direct GSM firms to reduce tariffs and not increase it.
“I will fight against this data increase in the Senate. The NCC, as a regulator, should be directing that GSM firms reduce and not increase tariffs!!
“In my opinion, rather than direct GSM firms to hike rates, NCC should invest in free public wifi for the advancement of knowledge in Nigeria.
“It is very unjust for people whose fuel, power and GSM plans are paid for by the people to increase fuel, power and GSM plans for the people without increasing the minimum wage!
“If the government is desperate for money then they should tax something that mainly the rich enjoy. The money they are looking for can be gotten if they tax all Business and First Class tickets. My name is Ben Murray-Bruce and I just want to make commonsense!
According to reports by TheCable, NCC approved the new “floor plan”, or minimum pricing, for data services by mobile operators “to address market distortions, unhealthy price wars and value erosion that could threaten the going concern of the service providers”.
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Also stated by NCC, are the reasons for this new move:
1. Some service providers were actually pricing their services below cost, a situation which could spell doom for the industry.
2. Dominant Operators in the wholesale leased line market, who also operate in the retail market embarked on massive predatory pricing, a conduct capable of substantially lessening competition.
3. The removal of the floor price for data resulted in eroding value in the market.
4. The need to safeguard investment and ensure growth, development and sustainability of the telecoms industry.
5. It is important to maintain the integrity of the network as operators lack the capacity to accommodate the volume of the transaction on their network.
The Senate has also resolved to stop the approval of this new tariff, adding that it condemns the data increase in its totality.
The Deputy Senate Leader Ibn N’Allah also raised a motion on Wednesday, mandating its Committee on Communications to carry out thorough investigations on the allegations of failure of the service providers to ensure that Nigerians are not short changed.