NCC Forum To Address Stakeholders on Mobile Voice Termination Rates

EVC of NCC Prof. Umar Danbatta
*EVC, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta

The nation’s telecommunications regulatory body, The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will host stakeholders to a presentation of finding of the Cost-based Study for the Determination of Mobile Voice Termination Rates in Nigeria.

The study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will be unveiled to Stakeholders at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Lagos on February 1, 2018.

According to a release by the Commission, the Forum, which will be hosted by the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta and other Directors of the Commission, will avail stakeholders the opportunity to listen to the findings of PwC in the study and discuss issues of concern to all parties.

The forum will also serve as a prelude to the release of the report and the Determination of the Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) by the Commission.

Termination rates are the charges which one telecommunications operator charges to another for terminating calls on its network. Traditionally three models of charging these fees are known: calling party pays (CPP), bill and keep (BAK, peering), receiving party pays (RPP).

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), after a cost-based study adopted a National Termination Rate of N3.90k/ per minute for Mobile Network Operators’ voice calls in the sector in 2013.

Also in the 2013 review, interconnection rate for International Termination Rate (ITR) was pegged at $0.03/minute.

With industry stakeholders’ input and consideration to changing indices in the telecommunication arena, the forum is expected to come up with an industry-wide accepted structure that will ensure the survival of telecommunication firms and be consumer-friendly as well.

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