Nigerians May Start Paying More For Calls And Data Services Soon


You may likely start  paying more for data and calls if Section 24 of the cyber crime 2015 Act is implemented. Data plans and call tariff are already a bit expensive, and the fear is that Telecoms Companies in Nigeria will have no choice than to increase the price of data and calls.

This is because the recent move by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to implement section 44 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc) 2015 Act (PDF) which spells out the model of financing the National Cyber Security Fund.

Section 44 of the act highlights the establishment of the National Cyber Security Fund which is to be funded by 0.005% levy charged on all electronic transactions and to be domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

ATCON had earlier rejected the 0.05% cyber security levy that the collection of the levy would inevitably lead to a sharp increase in ‘charges paid by customers’ for telecoms services.

Tariff on voice calls and data cost would certainly go up because the impact of the levy would be passed on to the end user of telecoms services.

If the Cybercrime Prohibition and Prevention Act 2015 are eventually implemented, then you may likely be getting 250MB for N1000 to last you for 30 days. While calls may be charged at 1naira/sec,  10MB data plan may now go for N100 to last you for a day.

This is not going to be funny at all on we the subscribers, while the takers of this levy will keep smiling to the bank.  I can see data tweaks rolling out alongside the implementation of these acts.

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