NCC might not have done the right thing by informing the people adequately about data price increase but their decisions to mandate Telcos to hike the price either way will still come to pass. With the way Federal government is talking, I think you should prepare for Data Price Hike anytime soon.
According to FG, operators in Nigeria are really operating on a very harsh situation which is not known in other advanced countries. For instance over the years, the Nigerian state has not succeeded in fixing electricity over the last 20 years. This industry relies on electricity and because Nigerians have failed in providing reliable electricity, it means they have to rely on extra budgetary provisions to provide electricity 24 hours, seven days a week with additional expenditure which does not operate in other countries which we seek to copy.
… He said what NCC did was to introduce an interim price floor of 90 kobo per mega byte below which telecommunication companies are not allowed to sell, a reduction from an initial price floor of N3:11k, which was suspended in 2015.
Danbatta said the absence of price floor created a “price war” in the telecommunication sector, which was becoming unhealthy for competition.
In order words, Federal Government advices Nigerians to embrace the data price hike. So anytime soon, next year or this year, the price of data will still go up.
…Meaning our signature on change.org was only temporary medicine for this current headache.