Nigeria: Govt. To Mandate Active Regulation Of Pay-TV Pricing
The Nigerian government is considering a new bill that would effectively give the industry regulator (National Broadcasting Commission) the powers to review and regulate the tariff (prices) being charged by DStv, GoTV TSTV and StarTimes.
According to sources close to the matter, the bill, which is presently at an advanced stage in becoming law, is designed to guarantee further competition and openness in Nigeria's Pay-TV industry and ensure equitable access to the Pay-TV platforms by all Nigerians.
The bill's primary sponsor, Representative Unyime Idem, said he has watched and observed how Pay-TV companies in Nigeria have taken to wanton and unexplainable price increasing with DStv in Nigeria said to have announced two price increases within three months. StarTimes was also logged to have put up their tariffs by 22% in August 2020.
Operationally, if the bill becomes a reality, all Pay-TV services providers in Nigeria would be required to submit all their tariff plans and price increases proposals to the country regulatory agency - who will then review and accept or reject. The Pay-TV providers are obliged to comply, as failure to do so might create issues with their licence to operate.