Make data prices affordable to Nigerians, Danbatta tells MTN, others

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Friday urged telecom companies to reciprocate the reduction in the Right of Way (RoW) by making data prices more affordable to Nigerians.

Its Executive Vice Chairman Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta stated this while addressing participants at First Virtual Edition of the Telecoms Consumer Parliament (VTCP) held at the NCC Head office, Abuja.

Prof Danbatta explained that considering steps taken by the present administration to reduce the charges of RoW below N145 per linear metre, while some states waved the charges out rightly, it had become necessary for operators to reciprocate the gesture.

“The Commission is hopeful that with the reduction in RoW, which will automatically result in reduction in capital expenditure (CAPEX) by the network operators, telecom companies will sooner or later reciprocate the gesture by making their services in particular, data services more affordable to Nigerians”, Prof Danbatta said.

He said the event with the theme: “Impact of COVID-19 on Telecoms Service Delivery” was organised, taking into consideration, the dynamics of the global pandemic and the directives from the Federal Government on social distancing and other measures put in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

Prof Danbatta said the parliament also provided an opportunity for industry stakeholders, to have a quick look at how the pandemic is impacting service delivery in the telecommunication industry, which currently provides the digital platform for the economy to remain afloat.

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