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Sunday, July 23, 2017

NCC Says Nigerians Should Expect New Data Price Soon

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said Nigerians should expect a new data price as soon as an on-going cost-based research is concluded.

This was disclosed in Abuja by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Garba Dambatta during a chat with DAILY POST.

According to him, the commission had noticed that the level of data usage was growing across the country and there was need for an affordable and acceptable price floor for data.

He said this was necessary in order to forestall a price war in the data sub-segment of the telecommunications industry.

Dambatta disclosed that the commission was looking at other temporary measures in other to ensure that data services improved.

He said: “We have noticed that the level of data usage is growing. This attests to the earlier assertion by the NCC that data is going to be the next frontier.

“You recall that NCC attempted to do the interim price floor for data in order to ensure that we do not have a price war in the data sub-segment of the industry.

“This of course met with resistance from the consumers; and because the NCC is a listening agency, we suspended the interim price floor.

“As I am talking to you, there is a cost-based study going on in order to arrive at an accepted, affordable data price floor which will come into force as soon as the consultants’ work is concluded.

“That is, as soon as the outcome of this consultancy that is on-going over data price is discussed,.as usual, and is further consulted upon with other stakeholders who we expect will provide useful information towards arriving at an acceptable price floor for data.

“We are also looking at other temporary measures in other to ensure that data services improve.

“We are thinking about providing palliatives to smaller operators in the industry. I‎ mean those with about 7.5 percent share of the market.

“We are in discussion with them in order to see how we can help them to provide data services in different part of the country even as we are talking with bigger operators to ensure that we find a way to improve the quality of data services.”


  1. I hope it won't be increased?

    Na swear I go swear for this Government

    Today na Sunday... Let me go to church

    @North Dakota and @Mr V and V

    Will raise an alter for you guys today in church


    Happy Sunday people!! !!

    @Anonymous Orubebe

    1. Is going to be an increase of course. Our leaders are hopeless and we the followers do not put pressure on them.

  2. Scandinavian and some Western countries are making wi-fi and data access as rights of citizens, hopeless Nigeria is only thinking how to raise costs. Oh God, pls divide this failed mistake called Nigeria.

    1. Don't mind them, over there cafeteria and some other places offer free data but the NCC only thinks of increasing. Pls the damage you've done to MTN is enough o. Etisalat is there too. Airtel na to dey steal airtime dey know. Glo make I no talk.

  3. Replies
    1. Good news how????
      Abeg,someone should please help me translate to this person in Pidgin English. I 'yam' tired.

    2. Did u just say good news? Wait till u start paying 5k 4 just 2gigs.

  4. I hope for a positive price data list ooo

  5. We already paying through our nose, and now they want to increase, what kind of country is this, basic amenities has become luxury, I wish we all can stand up and soy this hike price.

  6. This Buhari administration wants to kill the poor.

  7. Is it the same data they have stylishly increased they want to increase again or what? My data that I don't use to exhaust before does not last more than 3 weeks now(for the past 3 months). So to increase is One week or two weeks abi? GOD DEY Sha

  8. Why can't most BVs read intently. There's no line where "increase " was stated rather I saw:

    "...and there was need for an affordable and acceptable price floor for "data.

    That's the whole contents' topic sentence


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