Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has set a price cap of N4.00 per message for all domestic Off-Net Short Messaging Service (SMS). This takes effect from February 5, 2013. According to a statement by NCC on Thursday, the directive had been communicated to the telecoms operators since January 3, 2013, and the new rate is expected to be implemented within 30 days from the date of the directive.
The Commission, however, disclosed that it will not place a price cap on International SMS at this time. The directive which was signed by the Director, Legal and Regulatory Services of NCC, Ms. Josephine Amuwa, said the Commission arrived at the new price cap after due considerations of the submissions made by operators at various consultative meetings.
She said having evaluated and analyzed SMS traffic information provided by the operators, the Commission noted that “there was a general recognition that the cost of SMS is too high, especially in view of the interconnection rate of N1.02 for SMS as determined by the Commission in 2009.”
She also added that the Commission will monitor compliance by the operators, and failure to comply with the determination will be penalized as provided by Section 111 of the NCA 2003.
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