NCC raises International Termination Rate for telcos

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has amended the ‘Determination of Mobile (Voice) International Termination Rate’ (ITR) for telecommunications industry operators effective from September 1, 2022.

According to the NCC, the ITR for voice services paid for terminating international calls on local networks in Nigeria is now set at US$0.10, from the old rate of US$0.045.

Director, Public Affairs of NCC, Reuben Muoka, who disclosed this in a statement issued, Wednesday, said under the amended determination, the international carrier market has been classified into MNOs/International Carriers and Small/Nigerian Transit Carriers/IDA Operators to ensure a level playing field that recognizes the unique disposition and characteristics of genuine market participants.

The Nigerian Transit Carriers/IDA Operators shall terminate inbound international calls in the network of domestic operators at a discount of 21 per cent on the US$0.10.

According to the NCC, in determining the ITR, the Commission carefully considered information and insights provided by stakeholders at different meetings and fora, which reviewed the previous rate and the industry’s operating environment.

This is in addition to the cost model results, the state of competition in the sector and the Nigerian macroeconomic environment.

The Commission reiterated that the process of arriving at the ITR was conducted transparently with a view to providing maximum clarity to all parties without compromising the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information.

It expressed confidence that the new ITR, the outcome of the various engagements, will make a significant contribution to the development of the telecoms sector in Nigeria and be beneficial to subscribers, operators, and the country at large.

NCC further added that the Mobile Termination Rates of N3.90 (for Generic 2G/3G/4G Operators) and N4.70 (for new entrants (LTE)/Small Operators determined in 2018) will continue to apply for local call terminations until the Commission makes a new determination.

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