The Minister of of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has insisted the telecommunications company (telcos) new data packages is still on the high side.
Pantami, who made the assertion when he received the management team of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), led by its Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta at the Ministry’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja noted that low price of mobile data will attract higher patronage.
“With low data prices, telecom operators stand to make more profit”, he said.
The NCC team was at the ministry to make a presentation to the Honourable Minister on new data packages been offered by some telecom operators and efforts made to review the price of mobile data downwards in Nigeria.
According to the minister, while commending the telecom operators that have introduced new data packages, he stated that the challenges experienced by telcos in Nigeria are not unknown to him but stressed that it is not enough reason to justify the high cost of mobile data in Nigeria as other countries facing similar or more challenges have a lower mobile data price.
Pantami maintained that the price of mobile data in Nigeria is still not encouraging and on the high side, considering the cost of living in Nigeria and the over 170 Million internet users in the country.
“When the price of mobile data is low, the demand will be higher, when the price is high, the demand will be low. I urge NCC to strike a balance between the consumers and operators, the telecom operators stand to make more profit when the price is low
Pantami, however informed the management of NCC that his office is working tirelessly to make the business environment more conducive to telecommunications operators.
“The way we encourage and urge the regulator to put eyes on the operators is the same way we challenge our government to make the environment very enabling for the operators”. Adding that, some Nigerians have been agitating for communications tax, so far, I am among the people that are resisting, as I am not convinced it is in the best interest of the sector”, the minister said.