The Nigerian Communications Commission has suspended its directive to mobile network operators to increase the price of data.
According to the NCC, the decision is as a result of the outrage that followed the announcement of the planned price hike initially scheduled for December first.
In a statement by its Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo the decision to suspend the directive was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by Consumers across the country.
He said the commission has weighed all options and consequently asked all operators to maintain the status quo until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria.
The commission explained that its decision to choose a price floor for data was aimed a promoting a level playing field for all operators in the industry and encourage small operators and new entrants.
The NCC’s directive, which was communicated to GSM subscribers by some operators this week, had sparked outrage with many Nigerians calling for the decision to be reversed.