Why did Etisalat increase their data plan tariffs?

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We just got information that Etisalat has increased their data plan tariffs. This move comes at time when other networks are reducing their prices. The question is: Why would Etisalat do this? See the table below showing the previous and new prices:

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Old pricing.

plans price(N) USSD codes validity
1.5GB 1,000 *229*2*7# 30 days
3.5GB 2,000 *229*2*8# 30 days
5GB 6,500 *229*2*3# 30 days
8GB 8,000 *229*2*5# 30 days
10GB 10,000 *229*4*1# 30 days

See the new pricing.

plans price(N) USSD codes validity
1GB 1,000 *229*2*7# 30 days
1.5GB 1,200 *229*2*25# 30 days
2.5GB 2,000 *229*2*8# 30 days
3.5GB 2,500 *229*2*26# 30 days
5GB 3,500 *229*2*9# 30 days
11.5GB 8,000 *229*2*5# 30 days
15GB 10,000 *229*4*1# 30 days

From the above tables, we can see that Etisalat has reduced the data allocation on their less priced priced data plans. On the other hand, they increased data allocation for the more expensive data plans. It is clearly a better deal when one then opts for the more expensive plans. We hope that the quality of service remains the same – or even gets better – irrespective of the new changes.


  1. The audacity of arrogance .

    Perhaps because all their subscribers already have 4G capable SIMS (they are the only one), and GLO (Nigeria) has messed up by being both slow and having an LTE/4G network band that most phones around are incompatible with (like Sony Z5 Compact, iPhone 6: /iPhone 7, Tecno Phantom 6 / 6 Plus):, they feel the only credible competitor left presently is MTN (Nigeria) .

    Airtel (Nigeria) is quiet….

    So they can afford to do small yanga..

  2. Interesting strategy by Etisalat. Overall, not terrible. I suspect this was done to preserve the integrity of the network. We shall see how it plays out.

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