The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to cap the amount mobile operators can charge for calls and text messages later this year in a bid to lower call charges in the country, Reuters reports. Mary Uduma, director of policy and competition at the NCC, said the regulator was working to determine the appropriate cap, adding that the last review almost ten years ago fixed rates of NGN50 (USD0.33) for mobile calls and NGN15 for text messages. ‘We are trying to place a cap above which operators cannot price their services. We are taking into consideration macro, micro and market factors in determining this,’ she noted. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Nigeria is Africa’s largest mobile market by subscribers; the country was home to over 73 million cellular users at the end of 2009.
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