MTN Nigeria’s users to experience network outage for 7 hours over system upgrade

Mobile telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria, has announced that some customers may experience service downtime for seven hours as it plans to effect a system upgrade tomorrow, Tuesday. The network provider made this announcement in an SMS to subscribers on Sunday. This means 81.21 million telephony subscribers and 64.06 million internet subscribers will experience service downtime on the said date. Recall that MTN had earlier in October made a similar announcement as it undertook a system upgrade on its machines. The CEO, Olutokun Toriola, while explaining the reason behind the network…

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FG suspends proposed 5% excise duty on telecom services – Pantami

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of the proposed excise duty on telecommunications services in Nigeria. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, announced this yesterday, during the inaugural meeting of the Presidential Committee on Excise Duty for the Digital Economy sector, in Abuja. The minister said the sector is already overburdened by excessive and multiple taxations and faulted the Government’s plan to implement the tax. Recall that there had earlier been reports that Nigerians may soon start paying more for data, phone calls, and…

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FG freezes accounts of 50 firms operating loan apps

The Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, (FCCPC), Babatunde Irukera, has said the agency has frozen accounts of over 50 firms operating loan apps in the country. Irukera, who made the disclosure in a published interview yesterday, noted that the action became necessary because the firms were violating the rights of Nigerian consumers. According to him, “We have so far frozen 50 accounts. We have taken over 12 applications off the Google Play Store and we are in discussions with more than 10 companies…

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Data, SMS cost hike not possible without approval, NCC assures Nigerians

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it will allow any tariff increase by telecommunication companies (MNOs) without adequate approval. The NCC stated this in a statement issued by its Public Affairs Lead, Ikechukwu Adinde, yesterday. The Commission said contrary to MNOs’ agitation to increase tariffs for voice and Short Messaging Services (SMS) by a certain percentage, the NCC wishes to categorically inform telecoms subscribers and allay the fears of Nigerians that no tariff increase will be effected by the operators without due regulatory approval by the Commission. The statement partly…

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Call tariffs may increase, as Customs impose 5% duty on recharge cards

President Muhammadu Buhari has reputedly approved the collection of five percent excise duty on telephone recharge cards and vouchers. According to an issued circular signed by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, directed the Nigerian Customs Service to create a tariff line for the collection of the excise on mobile telephones, electricity meters (components) and set up boxes at 5%. The circular conforms with another list of excisable items by customs to include telephone recharge cards and vouchers at five percent. The increase comes even as…

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MTN, Airtel, others justify planned 40% hike in call, data tariffs

Telecom providers in Nigeria, under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, (ALTON), have justified their decision to increase data and call tariffs by 40 percent. This was made known by the ALTON’s Head of Operations, Gbolahan Awonuga, yesterday. According to them, the rising cost of operation in the country prompted its request for an increment in the cost of services offered by its members. The umbrella body of the telecom operators had, in a letter to Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), urged the telecoms regulator to…

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Telecomms: “We may increase tariffs” — Telcos union warns

Telecommunications firms, (Telcos), have expressed readiness to introduce price differentials in regions hostile to their operations. The operators, under the aegis of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria, (ALTON), therefore, issued a seven-day warning and appealed to the Federal Government to urgently intervene on the challenges plaguing the sector. ALTON Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, who disclosed this during an interaction with newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, however, said before telcos begin discriminatory pricing, they would meet with the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC). Adebayo said the challenges currently confronting members…

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Telecom consumers’ group rejects virtual NIN

…Queries why FG is rushing citizens A group of telecoms subscribers has warned against the implementation of digital tokens feature on the National Identification Number, (NIN), without proper consultation. Recall that last week, the Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, announced the ‘NIN Tokenization Solution’ feature for NIN. The virtual NIN is a tokenised version of a person’s actual NIN, which another party verifying the number cannot retain and use in a way that puts the individual’s data privacy at risk. Dr. Pantami had said that full…

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Matawalle to lift suspension of telecom services in Zamfara

Zamfara State governor Bello Matawalle, (Matawallen Maradun) has announced the suspension of embargo on telecommunications services in the State beginning from Monday, 29th Nov, 2021. According to a press statement issued by the Special Adviser, Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, Governor Matawalle made the announcement shortly after swearing-in of the newly elected State Executives of the All Progressives Congress, (APC)at the State APC Convention, which was held at the Trade Fair Complex, Gusau, yesterday. Matawalle stated that the decision to suspend the measure was informed by an encouraging…

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MTN’s CEO compensates subscribers with free data, airtime after network downtime

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has announced compensation for its subscribers to make up for the network disruptions experienced last Saturday. Recall that on Saturday, October 9, MTN Nigeria users witnessed about 5 hours of network disruption caused by an outage that left customers without a connection. MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Olutokun Toriola,apologised again to customers for the inconvenience, stating that new measures were being implemented to mitigate a repeat of such an event. Beyond extending time-bound subscriptions for its customers and as a way to further compensate its customers,…

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