The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decided to suspend the implementation of a minimum price for data tariffs that was due to come into force on 1 December. In a press release on its website, the regulator stated that the decision to suspend the directive ‘was taken after due consultation with industry stakeholders and the general complaints by consumers across the country.’

On 1 November 2016 the NCC informed mobile operators that they would be required to set data tariffs at no lower than NGN0.90 (USD0.003) per MB from 1 December, in a move aimed at promoting a level playing field for all operators, checking anti-competitive practices by dominant operators and encouraging new entrants.

To protect the industry’s smaller players, companies with a limited market share would be exempt from the price regime. However, the NCC has now asked all of the country’s telecoms operators to ‘maintain the status quo’ until the conclusion of study to determine retail prices for broadband and data services in Nigeria.