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Telecommunication companies propose 40% increase in cost of calls, SMS, and data due to the rising cost of running a business in Nigeria



Telecommunication firms in Nigeria are proposing a 40 p.c enhance in the price of calls, SMS, and knowledge to the Nigerian Communications Fee as a consequence of the rising value of operating a enterprise within the nation.


The value flooring of calls is anticipated to enhance from N6.4 to N8.95 whereas the worth cap of SMS will enhance from N4 to N5.61 based mostly on their proposal.


This was disclosed in a letter titled, ‘Affect of the Financial and Safety Points on the Telecommunications Sector,’ which was sighted by our correspondent.


The letter was written by the telecommunications firms beneath the aegis of the Affiliation of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria to the NCC.


Within the letter, the telecom firms mentioned there had been a 40 p.c enhance in the price of doing enterprise within the nation.


In line with them, the telecommunication business has been financially impacted following the nation’s financial recession in 2020 and the impact of the continued Ukraine/Russia disaster. They mentioned this had resulted in a rise in power prices, rising their working bills by 35 per cent.


They added that the introduction of the latest excise responsibility of 5 per cent on telecom providers had additional elevated the burden of a number of taxes and levies on the business.


The letter learn partially, “Because the fee could also be conscious, the facility sector beneath the supervision of its Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee of the facility sector in November 2020 undertook a assessment of electrical energy tariffs to cater for the financial headwinds reported above.


“In view of the foregoing, ALTON considers it expedient for the telecommunications sector to bear periodic value changes by the fee’s intervention with a purpose to minimise the affect of the difficult financial points confronted by our members. Particulars are hereunder:


“Upward assessment of the worth dedication for voice and knowledge and SMS. Given the state of the economic system and the circa 40 per cent enhance in the price of doing enterprise, we want to request for an interim administrative assessment of the cell (voice) termination fee for voice; administrative knowledge flooring value, and value of SMS as mirrored in extant devices.


“With respect to voice an SMS value, ALTON respectfully requests the fee to contemplate a mark-up strategy to deal with the upward value adjustment fascinating for the business. We’ve got enclosed herein and marked as ‘Annexure 1’our proposal in that regard.


“For knowledge providers, we want to request that the fee implements the suggestions within the August 2020 KPMG report on the dedication of cost-based pricing for wholesale and retail broadband service in Nigeria. Excerpts from the report, are connected and marked ‘Annexure 2’ to supply an additional illustration.


“In implementing the mentioned suggestions, nonetheless, we advocate that the 40 per cent enhance in the price of doing enterprise be factored in to reach at a value value per GB in view of the present financial scenario.”


The umbrella physique for telecom firms added that to additional assist telcos throughout this financial disaster, the fee ought to discover and supply different technique of penalising operators quite than punitive financial sanctions; prolong the fee timeline of related regulatory levies and charges; prevail on the Federal Authorities to signal the manager order declaring telecoms infrastructure as a crucial nationwide infrastructure to mitigate value spent changing broken and stolen infrastructures, amongst different issues.


The physique additionally requested an upward adjustment of the MTR by 40 p.c.


It mentioned, “For big operators, new interim MTR of N5.46 from N3.90 reflecting 40 p.c enhance in the price of enterprise.


“For small operators, new interim MTR of N6.58 from N4.70 reflecting 40 p.c enhance in the price of enterprise.”

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