Nigeria’s National Assembly Wants To Make Users Pay 15% More For Telecommunication Services

Telecom companies operating in Nigeria have come together to decry the National Assembly’s plans to introduce a new Electronic Communications Services Tax. Senator Ali Ndume (not surprisingly, a proponent of the infamous anti-Social Media bill) sponsored the bill, which has gone through first reading in both chambers of the National Assembly.

 If passed, it means that both service providers and end users will pay 9-15 percent more taxes/tariffs for electronic communication services like voice calls, SMS, MMS, internet data (OTT), and even Television viewing. And it’s not limited to those; the bill specifies “communication through the use of wire, radio, optical or electro-magnetic transmission emissions or receiving system”.