NIGERIAN ACTIVISTS CHALLENGE GSM TARIFFS: "UNRELIABLE AND INEFFICIENT"

Telecoms

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has filed a preliminary objection to the suit by the three human rights activists before a Federal High Court in Lagos, challenging the high tariff charged by the three Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM) operators in Nigeria.The trio: Saibu Akangbe, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa and Tuyi Mebawonde had sued NCC, and the three GSM operators (MTN, Econet and NITEL GSM) over the N50-per-minute call, contending that the tariff is oppressive and contrary to the law regulating telecom services in Nigeria.

Consequently, they asked the court for an order directing the NCC to regulate the tariff payable to the GSM companies by subscribers and a declaration that the services being rendered by the GSM operators were generally unreliable, inefficient and substandard, and do not merit the call tariff being collected, among other reliefs.

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