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NCC announces N4 price cap for all domestic Off-Net SMS


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Thursday set a price cap of N4 per message for all domestic Off-Net Short Messaging Service (SMS), with effect from Feb. 5.

Josephine Amuwa, the Director, Legal and Regulatory Services of the Commission made this known in a statement made available to Daily Times in Lagos.

Amuwa said that this had been communicated to the operators since January 3, adding that it would, however, not place a price cap on international SMS.

``There was a general recognition that the cost of SMS is too high, especially in view of the interconnection rate of N1.02 for SMS as determined by the Commission in 2009.

``In accordance with the powers conferred on the Commission under Sections 4 and Chapter V11 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, the Commission hereby sets a price cap of N4 for Off-net SMS.
The new rate shall be implemented within 30 days from the date of the directive, `` Amuwa said.

She also noted that the operators had proposed a price cap ranging between N5 to N10 per message for Off-Net SMS.

The Director said that the Commission would not set a cap for international SMS for now, since interconnect rates for international SMS were outside its control.