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NCC reviews call tariffs

17 October 2013, 10:37Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will early next year review the interconnectivity tariffs to make them more competitive.

NCC Director of Public Affairs of NCC, Tony Ojobo, speaking to media in Lagos,described the current tariff regime in the Nigeria's telecommunication sector as "reasonable and competitive" but said it would be reviewed.

"Presently the commission is conducting a study to look at tariffs in the various regions with a view to seeing how ours compare with those tariffs. Of course, one is aware that even in the interconnect determination there is going to be a slight par to the system of constantly addressing the issue of interconnect charges. We have done one for this year, so there is going to another one for early next year and in the third year," he said.

"We believe that within this period of time we are going to see tariff significantly reduced across the networks in the various services that are being offered today. I have to give kudos to the Executive Vice Chairman and the Board of the Commission who have looked at all of these challenges and these initiatives have been put in place to be addressing them," Ojobo said.

Ojobo also said the industry was "more matured and more responsive "  and noted that with the level of competition that exists in the industry, the service providers were becoming more accountable to the subscribers.

"Today, one can call customer care line and would not have to wait hours on end before one is attended to. These are the developments that have taken place for the good of the industry and subscribers," he said

NCC had earlier this year reviewed the interconnection rates for voice calls from initial  symmetric rate of N8.20 to N6.40, N5.20 and N3.90 respectively.

The commission also imposed  N4 price cap on all off-net SMS.

- CAJ News

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