GSM TARIFFS TOO HIGH IN NIGERIA, SAYS SUBSCRIBER SURVEY
Mobile subscribers in Nigeria are still convinced that the current charges for both voice and data by GSM operators are too high. In a country where the majority of citizens earn well below N5,000 per month, it does not seem reasonable to expect individuals to expend a minimum of N3,000 monthly on servicing their phones.
GSM voice tariffs on prepaid hover around 80kobo per second (N48 per minute), and with operator-imposed validity periods, subscribers are compelled to spend more money to enjoy basic communications. But it does not end with voice services only.
Telecoms analysts are generally of the opinion that CDMA networks' prevailing tariffs give them an excellent opportunity to turn their lots around by attracting the mass market when the proposed Unified licencing Scheme takes off.