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GSM Subscribers To Pay More For Data From Dec.1

The Nigerian Communications Commission has directed mobile telephone operators in the country to jerk up data tariffs with effect from December 1.

Yesterday, MTN sent messages to its customers announcing that there would be an increase in its data tariffs on December 1.

NCC however warned operators to ensure that subscribers are not automatically migrated to the pay as you go platform.

The letter to the telcos also reminded them that the effective date for the interim price floor is December 1, adding that in view of the above, all service providers should ensure that tariff for data service reflects the Determination.

President, National Association of Telecoms Consumers of Nigeria, NATCOMS, Deolu Ogunbanjo, said the directive of the regulator will be counterproductive.

He said many businesses depend on the internet as an enabler but with an increase in data tariffs, it will affect the pockets of consumers and hinder further internet penetration in the country.

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