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FG cuts data cost by 50 per cent



THE Federal Government yesterday said the price of data has been reduced by more than 50 per cent, following its directive to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to put measures in place to that effect.

  Disclosing this, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ibrahim Pantami, said it was in line with the directive Mr President gave for the regulatory agency to put measures in place to reduce the average cost of data in the country.

  Consequently, “the average cost of 1GB of data has reduced from the January 2020 cost of N1000 to N487.18 in November, 2020. This was based on a Report by the NCC submitted to the minister following the implementation of the directives,” Pantami’s Technical Assistant, Femi Adeluyi, said in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

  It will be recalled that the minister had inaugurated a Committee that developed the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) on December 16, 2019.

  “The plan was unveiled and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on  March 19, 2020.

  Source says, one of the goals of the plan is to reduce the average cost of 1GB of data to a maximum of N390 by 2025.

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