Nigerian Communications Commission prepares to curb broadband price war

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it will ensure the recent broadband price war between bigger and smaller operators in the country comes to an end.

NCC revealed it will address the industry challenge by releasing a new cost-based pricing for retail broadband that would give smaller operators competitive advantage to remain in business.

Ms. Funlola Akiode, the Director, Licencing and Authorisation at NCC disclosed the institution’s plans at the recent stakeholders’ consultative forum held in Lagos. She said “we are currently in the process of finalising the determination of cost-based pricing for retail broadband and data services aimed at addressing the issue of competition in this segment of the industry”.

Akiode added that “it is heart-warming to note that arising from the stakeholders’ consultative forum held last year, the commission came up with some initiatives to address some of the challenges identified”.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umaru Garba Danbatta, who was represented by Akiode, told the selected operators invited to the forum that there were existing Service Level Agreements (SLA) and codes of conduct that, when appropriately implemented, would guarantee conducive operating environment that would significantly reduce the need for regulatory intervention.

Akiode also noted that some of the challenges prevalent in the telecoms sector such as- competition with major operators in the retail segment; inadequate frequency spectrum allocation and interference on the unlicensed frequency bands; fluctuations in foreign exchange and access to loans to roll out service, will be addressed by the NCC.

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