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The NCC has issued a new international termination rate (ITR)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published an amended Determination of Mobile (Voice) International Termination Rate (ITR) adoption by players in the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry, which will take effect on September 1, 2022.

"The ITR for voice services paid for terminating international calls on Nigerian local networks has been increased from US$0.045 to US$0.10."


Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs, stated yesterday in Abuja that the international carrier market has been divided into Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)/International Carriers and Small/Nigerian Transit Carriers/International Data Access (IDA) Operators under the amended determination to guarantee a level playing field that takes into account the unique disposition and characteristics of genuine market participants. According to him, Nigerian Transit Carriers/IDA Operators would terminate inbound international calls on local operator networks at a 21% discount on US$0.10.


He noted that in deciding the ITR, the Commission carefully evaluated information and views from stakeholders at various meetings and fora, which assessed the previous rate and the industry's operating environment. This is in addition to the outcomes of the cost model, the condition of competition in the industry, and the Nigerian broad economic environment.


Moka also stated that the process of developing the ITR was transparent in order to give maximum clarity to all stakeholders while maintaining the confidentiality of commercially sensitive information. He emphasized his belief that the new ITR, and the result of the different interactions, will greatly contribute to the growth of Nigeria's telecommunications industry, benefiting customers, operators, and the country as a whole.


Meanwhile, until the Commission issues a new determination, the Mobile Termination Rates of N3.90 (for Generic 2G/3G/4G Operators) and N4.70 (for new entrants - Long Term Evolution (LTE)/Small Operators issued in 2018) will apply for local call terminations.

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