Nigerians May Pay More For Calls And Data –Telecoms Association
17 January 2020
Telecom companies that are members of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have announced that they may have no choice but to increase tariffs for data and voice calls over the decision made by 12 government states in Nigeria to hike up the cost of right of way (RoW) for telecommunications infrastructure.
ALTON warned that a regime of discriminatory tariffs might become unavoidable as telcos operate under different conditions in the various states.
Gbenga Adebayo, the Chairman of ALTON, lamented that some states view the telecoms sector as a cash cow that should be milked, adding that they apply spurious taxes, levies and charges.
This threat comes barely 72 hours after the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Mr Isa Pantami, revealed that he had written to state governors requesting that they comply with the national economic council’s (NEC) resolution on Right of Way.
The states which have hiked the levy are Ondo, Lagos, Anambra, Kano, Kogi, Cross River, Kaduna, Osun, Enugu, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Kebbi, Gombe and Imo.
The RoW charge is a levy that is paid to the state governments for the laying of optic fibre on state roads.
Currently, the cost of RoW on state roads has been increased to between $8.27 to $16.54 per linear metre.
This has caused an outcry among the telcos as a single telecoms operator needs to pay for RoW covering thousands of kilometres, which has turned out to be a massive financial burden.