Why We Want 40% Increase In Call, Data Tariffs – Telcos

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…review of service tariff to reflect the present economic reality

altonAssociation of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has disclosed that the rising cost of operation in the country prompted its request for an increment in the cost of services offered by its members.

This was made known by the Head of Operations, ALTON, Mr. Gbolahan Awonuga, in an exclusive interview with Nairametrics on Wednesday.

The request, which was made to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by ALTON, if granted, will lead to about a 40% increase in the cost of calls, data, and SMS.


  • The umbrella body of the telecom operators in the letter urged the telecoms regulator to undertake a review of the telecoms service tariff to reflect the present economic reality just as it was recently done in the power sector.
  • The telcos said: “Given the state of the economy and the circa 40% increase in the cost of doing business, we wish to request for an interim administrative review of the mobile (voice) termination rate for voice; administrative data floor price, and cost of SMS as reflected in extant instruments.
  • With respect to voice an SMS cost, ALTON respectfully requests the commission to consider a mark-up approach to address the upward price adjustment desirable for the industry. We have enclosed herein and marked as ‘Annexure 1’our proposal in that regard.
  • “For data services, we wish to request that the commission implements the recommendations in the August 2020 KPMG report on the determination of cost-based pricing for wholesale and retail broadband service in Nigeria. Excerpts from the report, are attached and marked ‘Annexure 2’ to provide a further illustration,” it added.

What you should know

Awonuga explained that the letter was submitted to NCC last week and the regulator’s response is still being expected. A source at the NCC also confirmed that the letter has been received and is being reviewed for a decision.

In the letter, the telecom companies said there had been a 40% increase in the cost of doing business in the nation. According to them, the telecommunication industry has been financially impacted following the nation’s economic recession in 2020 and the effect of the ongoing Ukraine/Russia crisis. They said this had resulted in an increase in energy costs, increasing their operating expenses by 35%.

IFC and Viva Technology named 2 Nigerian startups for the Africa Tech awards

The finalists were selected from a pool of over 300 applications topped by startups from Nigeria.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Viva Technology have listed two Nigerian startups, Primed E-health and Koolboks among 45 African startups driving innovations on the continent. The startups are to be recognized at the first edition of the Africa Tech Awards.

According to the organizers of the awards, the finalists were selected from a pool of over 300 applications topped by startups from Nigeria. Startups from Egypt, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Morocco were other top applicants

This pan-African initiative aims to recognize and support emerging startups that are driving innovation and development impact across the continent in three main sectors – Climate Tech, FinTech, and Health Tech.

Prime E-health, a company leveraging technology to provide health solutions emerged among the top 15 health tech companies in Africa, while Koolboks, a company offering eco-friendly, solar refrigeration products were named in the Climate Tech category. None of the country’s fintech made the top 15 FinTech list.

What they are saying

Speaking on the award, IFC’s Managing Director Makhtar Diop, said: “The number and quality of applications received is a testament to Africa’s vibrant tech scene, which has proven to be resilient even in the face of the many challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

”These Awards will help scale innovations in key sectors like climate tech, health, and financial services, which are critical to supporting the continent’s sustainable and inclusive growth,” he added.

Viva Technology Co-Presidents Maurice Lévy and Pierre Louette, and Managing Director Julie Ranty, said: “Africa is a breeding ground for talent and new ideas, and we are delighted to see so many innovative entrepreneurs participating in this first edition of the AfricaTech Awards. It is a pleasure to be able to highlight these impactful start-ups and help promote their solutions across the continent and beyond.”

The top 15 start-ups in the FinTech category

  • Abela – South Africa
  • Applied Logic Ltd – Niger
  • Click2Sure – South Africa
  • Crop2Cash – Niger
  • DREAMCASH Cameroon SA – Cameroon
  • Duhqa – Kenya
  • eMaisha Pay – Uganda
  • Franc – South Africa
  • ImaliPay – Kenya
  • Lipa Later – Kenya
  • Neqabty – Egypt
  • Popote pay – Kenya
  • Premiercredit – Zambia
  • Proxalys – Senegal
  • Singpay2022 – Gabon

The top 15 start-ups in the Health Tech category

  • Access Afya – Kenya
  • BokDoc – Egypt
  • Chefaa – Egypt
  • Keeplyna – Tunisia
  • Med – Tunisia
  • Meditect – Qatar
  • Primed E-Health – France, Nigeria, Uganda
  • SonoCare Healthcare – Niger
  • The Aviro Pocket Clinic – South Africa
  • Vekta Innovations – South Africa
  • Vula Mobile – Dr W Mapham – South Africa
  • Wala Digital Health – Ghana
  • Welnes – Egypt
  • Zencey – Ivory Coast
  • Zuri Health – Kenya

The top 15 start-ups in the Climate Tech category

  • ARESS (Myjoulebox) – Benin
  • ATLAN Space – Morocco
  • Bekia – Egypt
  • Chafi – Niger
  • Easy Matatu – Uganda
  • Eco-V GreenTower – South Africa
  • Farmtopia – Egypt
  • iShamba Limited – Kenya
  • Koolboks – France, Nigeria, and 12 additional countries
  • Kumulus – France and Tunisia
  • Seavo – Egypt
  • Sunpave – Egypt
  • The Awareness Company – South Africa
  • WEEE Centre – Kenya

The final winners (one per category) will be announced at the first AfricaTech Awards ceremony, , which will take place during the 2022 edition of Viva Technology on June 15-18 in Paris. The three winning start-ups will benefit from access to the Viva Technology, IFC and category sponsors’ networks, as well as select one-on-one meetings with leaders and top executives in the tech industry.



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