Data Cost Reduced By 50% – Nigerian Minister Says
Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, says the administration has reduced the current cost of data by 50 per cent. Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, revealed this in a statement today thursday 10th December 2020. He explained that the reduction was made possible in line with his directives to the service providers through the industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
The minister further explained that the average cost of 1GB data was reduced from N1,000 cost of January 2020 to N487.18 in November 2020. The statement explained was based on a report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) submitted to the Minister following the implementation of the directives.
The Honorable Minister Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim had inaugurated a committee that developed the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) on the 16th of December, 2019. One of the goals of the Plan is to reduce the average cost of 1GB of data to a maximum of N390 by 2025. One of the goals of the Plan is to reduce the average cost of 1GB of data to a maximum of N390 by 2025.
“In line with Dr Pantami’s commitment to under promise and over deliver, the measures have caused the current cost of data to reduce significantly beyond the December 2020 projection of N925. “Based on the report by NCC, the average cost of N1,000 data as at November 2020 was N487.18, which amounts to 47.33% lower than the projected value. “The report also indicates that the cost of data in November 2020 was less than 50% of the cost of data in January 2020,” the statement said.
The Minister said the Ministry through the NCC, will continue to ensure that consumers enjoy a price regime that supports fairness and is friendly to consumers.
He, however, directed NCC to respond to all issues raised by our citizens and customers, saying that all hands will remain on deck to achieve the goals of the Broadband Plan as the Ministry shall in due and active cause supervise it implementation in line with our National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria.