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Government plans cut of phone prices to increase Internet, Commtech Ministers says

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[corner-ad id=1]Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Communication Technology has said that the Federal Government will boost online penetration across Nigeria by reducing the cost of mobile phones supporting Internet connections.

The Minister said that President Goodluck Jonathan is supporting the CommTech Ministry in its drive to remove a law by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to impose a 2% tax on mobile devices.

On the role of the private sector, she said the stakeholders in the sector should come up with plans on how to manufacture low-cost devices that will enable more Nigerians have access to the Internet.

According to her, “reduction in taxes on devices will not increase Internet penetration. Penetration goes up when there is relevant content and people see the need to get on the Internet and so people will buy a N2,000 (US$12) phone if it will get them onto the Internet.”

The Minister also assured Nigerians that there are no no plan whatsoever by her Ministry to impose taxes on mobile devices

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