NCC lifts minimum data tariff restriction

28 Oct 2015

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has abolished the minimum data price for all operators, in order to ensure the ‘sustainability, growth and development’ of the data service market. In a public notice published on its website, however, the watchdog warned that it would restore the data floor price if any distortion is observed within the market segment.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month the NCC also permitted ‘small operators’ – classed as an existing service provider or new entrant with a subscriber market share of less than 7.5% – and non-profit organisations to set their voice and data tariffs below the industry’s retail floor price. The regulator imposed a retail floor price on the telecoms sector in May 2013, as a means of controlling anti-competitive behaviour by operators deemed as having a dominant position within the market.

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