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Nigeria: mobile voice tariffs to be reduced

February 15, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms

Nigerian telecommunication subscribers can expect a reduction in their mobile voice tariffs in the near future following an announcement by the country’s telecommunications regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on a cap on SMS prices.

The NCC has announced a recent cap on SMS prices in Nigeria. (Image: Google/hiddennuances.com)

The move is aimed at driving down costs for users and helping to continue to boost efforts to change the status quo on services being offered by mobile operators in the country.

President of the Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS) Deolu Ogunbanjo, who made the demand, praised the NCC for the recent reduction in the cost of SMS, but has also challenged the commission to effect such a reduction in the cost of voice calls.

Ogunbanjo said “Nigerian subscribers deserved fair treatment from telecoms operators, and this should be reflected in the cost of voice calls.”

According to local media reports, the majority of subscribers are “clamoring for better service quality as well as a reduction in voice tariffs.”

The NCC hopes that by reducing tariffs in the country, users will be able to have an increased usage amount and that would drive mobile usage up.

David Eto

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