FG, GSM operators to meet over 40% tariff hike

Telecommunication companies under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria have said it expects to begin conversations over the state of the telecoms industry with the Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission soon.

The Chairman, ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, disclosed this on a quick call with our correspondent on Monday.

He said, “We do not give a timeline to our regulator. We would only give information as to what is the current state of affairs in the industry. And we know the regulator would either conduct a study or review the data that we provided. So, we can’t give a timeline to our regulator.

“We expect that some conversations will now commence around it.”

This is coming in response to a recent letter by the association to the NCC on the state of the telecoms industry.

In the letter, telcos proposed a 40 per cent increase in the cost of calls, SMS, and data as a result of the rising cost of running a business in the nation.

Reacting to the outrage that followed the intended hike in the cost of telecom services, the NCC said telcos could not increase costs without due regulatory approval from it

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