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Friday, 22 March 2013

NCC Cuts Interconnection Rates

       
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday reviewed   downward the interconnection rates among telecoms operators.NCC’s director of public affairs Tony Ojobo said in a statement that from April 1, the termination rates for voice services provided by new entrants and small operators in country irrespective of the originating network would be N6.40.
Ojobo said this would be further reviewed to N5.20 from next year April and to N3. 90 from 1st April, 2015.
He said the termination rates for voice services provided by other operators in Nigeria irrespective of the originating network would be N4.90 beginning from April 1, 2013.
This would be further cut down to N4.40 from April next year and to N3.90 April 2015, Ojobo said.
The current interconnect rate which is symmetric to all operators is N8.2, Ojobo said.
“This determination shall take effect from 1st of April 2013, and remain valid and binding on licensees for the next three years until further reviewed by the commission,” he said.
Reacting to the new interconnection rates, President of National Association Telecommunication Subscribers Deolu Ogunbanjo told Daily Trust on phone yesterday that the new rates would bring down call tariffs.
Currently, the cheapest inter network call is about N10 per minute.
Culled from Daily Trust

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