NCC Sets 4Naira Price Cap on Local SMS across All Networks

With effect from February 5th 2013, the  Nigerian Communications Commission has directed that all domestic off-net Short Messaging Service (SMS) must not cost more than N4.00.

The new price cap is a 60 per cent reduction from the former price that was N10 per SMS for off-net and N5 per SMS for on-net text messages.

This directive was contained in a statement issued by the Head of Media and Public Relations, Reuben Muoka, and signed by the Director, Legal and Regulatory Services of NCC, Josephine Amuwa.

As reported by ThisDay, the NCC arrived at the new  price cap after due considerations of the submissions made by the operators at various consultative meetings but will not place a price cap yet 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,”Amuwa said.

Off-net SMS are text messages sent from one network to another network, while on-net SMS are text messages sent by a subscriber to another subscriber on the same network.

The directive has been communicated to the operators since January 3, 2013 and will take effect from February 5, 2013.

So, what do you think about the directive? Is this good news?

13 Comments on NCC Sets 4Naira Price Cap on Local SMS across All Networks
  • Daisy January 25, 2013 at 7:26 am

    It is extremely good news. The next thing needing a drastic reduction is the cost of internet data plans.

  • Sparkle January 25, 2013 at 8:13 am

    That is cool!!

  • Ezinne V January 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Welcoming development in the effort to tame these networks we have.

  • Ezinne V January 25, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Morning BN!!!

  • Teris January 25, 2013 at 8:49 am

    so the NCC/FG want to start controlling prices, eh? interesting development.

    • dele January 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Thats why theyre a regulatory agency. The are to set a cap and its left to the service providers to play within the cap set.

  • pynk January 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

    oh sheet. My carpenter can send me more texts in bad english!

  • Person pikin January 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

    When will it be free?….. why do nigerians have to pay for simple text messaging?

  • Temitope Adewoye January 25, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Welcome development, hope the NCC would regulate the call rates soon.

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  • splendid…..iyke January 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Thanks 2 FG,reuben n josphine 4 d new development but I still dnt we hav 2 pay 4 offnet n on net sms,d next tin is callin rate n subcribtion 4 internet hav 2 b crashed down……..

  • saddeeq j omar January 26, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    that wonderful. And the next things you should consider about, is the internet rate

  • jay January 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    awesome development. next stop crashing etisalat call rates! whoop whoop!!!!!!

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