The Nigerian government has announced that data transfer rates in the country will fall by 40% in the next five years.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami made this statement on Monday, July 13, at the opening ceremony of the digital skills training for ICT journalists, Globalgistng reports.
He said Nigerians would be able to explore more opportunities available online with low-cost data, in addition to the hundreds of new jobs that would be created across the country.
Pantami explained that the government plans to ensure that at least 80 million Nigerians have access to broadband Internet by 2025.
“With all this, Telecom operators will no longer make excuses, and now we will ensure a 40% reduction in data prices by 2025,” he said.
It is legitimate to recall that the Federal government has in the past called on telecommunications companies to lower data prices and urged Nigerians to do so.
One such case occurred on Monday, March 30, when the Minister of communications, Dr. ISA pantami, called on telecommunications service providers in Nigeria to further reduce data transfer prices and call rates offered to subscribers at this critical time.
This appeal was made by the Minister, as the country continues to struggle with the global pandemic called Coronavirus. Pantami, who also made an impassioned appeal on his Twitter account, said he was calling on companies as the person responsible for telecommunications sector policy.
As many Nigerians were confined to their homes to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, a large number of people took to Twitter with #freedata to urge telecommunications companies to provide free packages.
According to most people, this will make a big difference as they struggle to cope with being indoors as a result of the virus outbreak.