Nigeria: NCC to introduce new call interconnection rates next March

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has announced its intention to introduce new mobile call interconnection rates to the market. The measure is expected to take effect by next March, said Sunday Dare, the executive commissioner in charge of actors in the telecom sector within the NCC. He was speaking on behalf of Umar Danbatta, the executive chairman of the NCC, at the stakeholder forum on mobile voice termination in the telecom industry in Nigeria held on February 3, 2018 in Lagos.

Sunday Dare did not say whether the new interconnection tariffs that the telecom regulator wants to introduce will be beneficial to consumers, that is to say, revised downwards, or else profitable for telecom operators. The executive commissioner in charge of telecom players in the NCC explained that the new call interconnection rates will in fact depend on the recommendations of the Pricewaterhouse Cooper report (PWC) UK, the consultant retained for the project . It will also be necessary to obtain the agreement of the telecom operators.

The project to introduce new call interconnection rates, the NCC launched on February 15, 2017 at the initial forum of telecom market players. It was during this meeting that he presented to the telecom operators, the consultant selected to lead the project. Currently, the mobile voice interconnection rate in effect between telecom operators is 3.90 nairas (US $ 0.01) per minute.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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