NCC Wants Telcos To Roll Over Unused Data For Subscribers

Can you remember the shortage you experienced after
subscribing for a data bundle and did not exhaust the allocated data within the
stipulated validity period? You will have to forfeit the rest if you fail to
renew the subscription before expiration date.

According to a report
from Vanguard News, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has asked
telecom operators to roll over unused data for their subscribers.
The NCC Executive Vice-Chairman Prof. Umar Danbatta allegedly
said this at the 2017 Port Harcourt International Trade Fair. He said:
“On this issue of data
roll over, the Commission will soon issue a directive to the service providers
to give 14 days window to the subscribers to enable them roll over their unused
data, even if they do not renew on the expiration of data.
“In other words, this
will stop the current practice where subscribers lose their entire unused data
if they fail to renew on the data of the expiration of the current
Of course, this is certainly a welcome development from the
regulator to every data subscribers across the country, particularly those who
have purchased a plan but unable to use as much of the data as they would like
because of poor quality of service. This set of subscribers always feel cheated
for subscribing for what they could not finish.
When is this new development from NCC coming to limelight?
The regulatory body is yet to give a specific time frame for
implementing this yet, but we believe it will soon see the light of the day.

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