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Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by ijustdey: 8:37am On Dec 28, 2020
Emma Okonji

Telecoms operators are lamenting the recent hike in telecoms charges by federal and state government agencies, a situation that has dampened the zeal of telecoms operators to roll out additional networks and services.

Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, who expressed the displeasure of telecoms operators over the new charges, told THISDAY that while the 36 states that had agreed to reduce the Right of Way (RoW) charges to N145 per linear metre, based on the agreement reached with the federal government, were implementing the decision, they were also introducing new charges and also hiked some of others.

He said: “Although a number of states agreed to reverse RoW charges in their states to the agreed N145 per linear metre, while they were reducing RoW charges, they were also introducing new charges and increasing some of the existing charges in the telecoms sector, which made a mess of their promise to reduce RoW charges.”

He said land rent for telecoms sites, annnual administrative renewal fee, among others that were not in existence before, were newly introduced.

Other charges such as environmental impact assessment fee, licence permit fee, carbon emission fee, sanitation charges, company income tax, education tax, annual operating levy on net revenue and VAT on consumption of services, utility tax, among others, were also increased.

“Quite a number of charges that were very low initially, were suddenly increased. So the issue of multiple taxes affected additional network rollout in 2020,” Adebayo said.

According to him, existing charges were increased between 70 per cent and 100 per cent, depending on states, while new fees were also introduced. The licence permit and tenement fees, which initially vary between N20,000 and N35,000, were increased to between N100,000 and N150,000 in some states and operators were asked to be paying annually, as against the initial one-off payment.

Base Transceiver Station (BTS) sites fee has also been introduced at the rate of N500,000. This is different from the usual business premises charge of N250,000.


Environmental impact report fee was also introduced at the rate of between N1.5 million and N2 million, different from the usual environmental impact assessment fee of N500,000 that telecoms operators used to pay, Adebayo said.

He explained that government agencies have resorted to using consultants in collecting the new charges and would refuse to issue permit licence when the fees are not paid, thereby slowing down the rate of network expansion in the affected states.

Adebayo advised governors and state agencies to begin to see the benefits of wide spread of telecoms infrastructure in their states, above the gains of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

The 36 state governors, in January, had met with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, to address the lingering issue of RoW charges in a bid to deepen broadband penetration in the country and promote a digital economy.

At the meeting, the governors unanimously agreed to reverse the RoW charges from the planned N6,000 per linear metre, to N145 per linear metre.

The meeting was attended by state governors, under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, led by its Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.

Four months later, seven states out of the 36 states, began the implementation of the RoW fee regime.

The seven states were Katsina, Ekiti, Kaduna, Imo, Plateau, Kwara and Anambra States.

The federal government in 2013 had an agreement with telecoms operators to implement a new flat rate of N145 per linear metre on RoW charges, but since 2013, no state implemented it, which prompted Pantami to meet with the governors in January 2020, where he reminded them of the 2013 agreement on RoW charges and its benefits on the growth of telecoms infrastructure across states.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/12/28/telecoms-operators-groan-as-states-hike-charges/

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Nackzy: 8:39am On Dec 28, 2020
That means Data will sky rocket

There's nothing good Under Buhari
Which Kind Country be this?

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Emaxwell(m): 9:20am On Dec 28, 2020
I tot the price of data will be reduced



But Row from #6000 to #145 would be a huge loss for states that don't have enough revenue generating resources
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Eriggs: 9:20am On Dec 28, 2020
Telecoms operators are lamenting the recent hike in telecoms charges by federal and state government agencies, a situation that has dampened the zeal of telecoms operators to roll out additional networks and services.
Abeg, make una pay una taxes and charges.
You guys make Billions of dollars from Nigerians.
Pay your money abeg.

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Dpharisee: 9:20am On Dec 28, 2020
Greedy telecom operators, they want to pack up all the money and repatriate to their countries, if not that the states will embezzle all the increase I would have commended them

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Driedfish: 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
Meow meow.


If I talk now, them go say them no wan hear cat voice..



So, should we be suffering and smiling like a Zombie?


Well, nothing can stop us, we still have 9 lives to live.

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by STRI1: 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
Baaad
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Eriggs: 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
Nackzy:
That means Data will sky rocket

There's nothing good Under Buhari
Which Kind Country be this?
buhari dis, Buhari dat.
Make una dey use una head b4 typing and wailing sometimes now . Na anoda year u dey enta so

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by slawormiir: 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
Dmnnnnnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright....
Very good.....increase the fee for them because these telecom operators are making a alot of money

Despite the huge billions they make everyday still data price and call tariff are on the high

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by ibrutex(m): 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
All this just to frustrate Nigerians more...

Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by CoolPro22: 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
It is well
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Omihanifa: 9:21am On Dec 28, 2020
A typical case of giving with the right hand and taking it back with the left hand grin

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Escaliburx: 9:22am On Dec 28, 2020
Is it just me or calls are now costly?
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by potbelly(m): 9:22am On Dec 28, 2020
This Buhari just wants to squeeze the last kobo out of every sector... sad

How do you propse to increase rates from 145 naira per linear meter to 6000 naira per linear meter...

What kind madness is this?

This govt doesnt produce anything yet they make the market environment unfavourable to both indigenous and foreign investors...

When the investors carry their investments elsewhere their eye go clear OR the investors in return increase their rates and the subscribers (you & I suffer it all)

Madness...

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Shellsploit: 9:22am On Dec 28, 2020
No wonder data has been expensive here in Okearo / matogun

1Gb data @ N1800

Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by thoollz: 9:23am On Dec 28, 2020
Shey no b dis month dem tell us say 1gb go dey go for 495 naira? I Don know say everything na scam. Na to cone for TV dey dash us fake news, come dey talk say dem wan regulate d same fake news. The same Govt na ẹ wan Mk telecoms coy hike price of data. Believe this stupid Govt at the expense of your intelligence.
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Enudapan: 9:24am On Dec 28, 2020
Nah eh! No qualms
This is so unsophisticated

Las las it's the subscribers that will suffer they more
Not necessary the Telecom companies

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Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by thatsleepboy1: 9:24am On Dec 28, 2020
Anything that soothes them should be done but the most painful part is that, the governors will use the revenues to fatten their calves.

what a nation
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by rocknation62(m): 9:24am On Dec 28, 2020
Na Everything dey go up for this country called NIGERIA

But Salaries still remains the same! Oh lord Have mercy!!!
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by jericco1(m): 9:24am On Dec 28, 2020
They are just making life harder for everyone
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by nautybride: 9:24am On Dec 28, 2020
angry angry angry angry
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Obagreatdatoye(m): 9:25am On Dec 28, 2020
O ga o...they should one send the little company we get away
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Samyd18: 9:25am On Dec 28, 2020
Later some Will say Nigeria are not paying taxes
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by QualityPro690: 9:25am On Dec 28, 2020
Okay
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by iampeterben(m): 9:26am On Dec 28, 2020
Make dem continue anything dem like make dem dey do for this regime. 2023 is around the corner our mum don do.
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Omagi: 9:27am On Dec 28, 2020
The burden will be shifted to the last consumer
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Fheelzz(m): 9:28am On Dec 28, 2020
grin grin grin
Re: Telecoms Operators Groan As States Hike Charges by Handywork(m): 9:28am On Dec 28, 2020
hiking of price is everywhere even tomatoes and pepper are not exceptional...
God help us

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