Telecom Tariff Increase Imminent, Says ALTON Chairman

by Ikem Emmanuel

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has indicated that there might be an increase in telecom tariffs in the country as the current tariff regime is no longer sustainable. The Chairman of ALTON, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, made this statement during a stakeholders’ meeting with the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, in Lagos.

Adebayo emphasized that a price review should be considered in light of the rising operating costs, expressing concerns about the burden of 52 taxes on operators across the country. He urged the NCC to intervene in the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) debts owed by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), which have reached N200 billion. Adebayo noted that the association would consider blocking debtor banks from accessing the service.

In response, the NCC Chairman assured Adebayo of the support of stakeholders and emphasized the importance of putting a timeline on resolutions reached at the meeting. He reiterated the government’s commitment to the telecom sector’s growth and encouraged operators to improve service quality and contribute to job creation in the country. President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr. Anthony Emoekpere, emphasized the need to bridge telecom infrastructure gaps to enhance service quality.

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