Yesterday, MTN came under fire for revealing they will be increasing their data tariffs (See HERE).
It has now been disclosed that the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) are behind the increase, after it directed all mobile operators to initiate a new data tariff regime from December 1, 2016.In a letter obtained to mobile operators dated November 1 obtained by TheCable, the regulator stated that the interim floor price for data services was 0.90k/MB for big operators, and that “this rate will subsist pending the finalization of the study on the determination of cost based pricing for retail broadband and data services in Nigeria”.
The letter reads;
“In order to provide a level playing field for all operators in the industry, small operators and new entrants to acquire market share and operate profitably small operators and new entrants are hereby exempted for the price floor for data services,”
“For the avoidance of doubt a small operator is one that has less than 7.5 percent market share and a new entrant is an operator that has operated less than three years in the market.
“All operators are to ensure that subscribers are not automatically migrated to pay-as-you-go platform.
“Also, note that effective date for the interim price floor is December 1, 2016.”