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Planned increase in data tariff will create competition – NCC

17 December 2016 National


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the planned increase in data tariff by telecom operators is to create competition in the sector.

NCC Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Ismail Adedigba who spoke on the sideline of the commission’s 81st Consumer Outreach Programme in Osogbo said the competition would afford telecom consumers to make choices for better services.

Adedigba said the decision to increase data tariff is to prevent the sector from becoming a monopoly whereby one service provider would be charging consumers arbitrary prices for data services.

According to him, competition is better than killing one segment of the telecom market by predatory pricing.

Adedigba said that the data tariff price increment implementation remained suspended for now, due to the outcry of stakeholders, especially the consumers.

He said the commission would continue to engage stakeholders on its role in protecting the consumers and telecom industry.

 

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