Nigeria: Social Media reacts to data hikes

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Nigeria's prepare to pay more for their data starting December 1, 2016.
Nigeria’s prepare to pay more for their data starting December 1, 2016.

With reports making the rounds about an increase in data tarrifs with effect from December 1, 2016, social media has been abuzz in Nigeria.

Acting on a directive given by the national regulator, a number of mobile operators, including MTN and Globacom have sent out text messages to their subscribers notifying them of upcoming tarrif hikes.

According to reports, the decision was taken by the Federal Government because Nigeria has one of the lowest data rates on the continent. Other reports claim that the increase in data rates is aimed at making the operating environment more competitive.

Many social media users have since been directing their frustrations at newly elected President, Muhammadu Buhari. Users on twitter had this to say:


https://twitter.com/AuntyOsaki/status/803677638997012480

https://twitter.com/BillionTwiTs/status/803702073984503808

https://twitter.com/MusicGeneralNG/status/803521389462507520

Staff Writer