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Telcoms tariffs to differ per region

19 December 2013, 07:43

Abuja - Local telecommunications companies have announced a new tariff plan that they believe would ensure subscribers in various parts of the country paid different charges depending on the ease of doing business in the respective areas.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) announced the decision at the Telecoms Stakeholders Summit the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) organized in Lagos.

ALTON’s Chairman, Engr Gbenga Adebayo, noted that subscribers in the North East geo-political zone and those with multiple tax regimes, multiple regulations, as well as all “unwholesome” practices would pay higher tariffs.

Adebayo said subscribers in states like Lagos, Kwara, Ekiti and Akwa Ibom would pay less, because of their friendly telecoms policies.

He urged other state governments to emulate the example of Lagos State that has come to realise that telecommunications was a socio-economic need than merely a source of revenue generation.

Adebayo stressed that the state had reduced the Right of Way charges from
N6 000 to N500 per square metre of road.

“This will enable us build a digital Lagos. The state will be ahead of other states,” he said.

– CAJ News


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