There is a news report that Nigerian mobile networks have been directed to implement a 14-day data grace period so that subscribers who are unable to exhaust…

Will Nigerian mobile subscribers get data grace period?

There is a news report that Nigerian mobile networks have been directed to implement a 14-day data grace period so that subscribers who are unable to exhaust their 30-day plans within the validity period for one reason or the other get extra time to use up their remaining data.


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A ThisDay report yesterday quotes a representative of the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Professor Umar Danbata, at the Consumers Conversation Forum held in Minna, Niger State thus:


“NCC has mandated all network providers to give their subscribers 14 days of grace after the 30 days expiration of their data if they still have data left and cannot recharge to get their data rolled over,”

14 Days Data Grace Period: Yay or Nay?

We asked around to see what people think of the idea. Naturally, subscribers are ecstatic about it. A respondent’s reply summarises the pulse of most others:

A step in the right direction, but not a long enough step.

If my call credit remains until I use it, why can’t my data subscription also be there until I deplete it, even for tẹn years?

Meanwhile, the network operators are not as excited. Operators have been complaining about loss of voice and SMS revenue to OTT services. Implementing a grace period of this sort means that they will bleed even more. As said before, it must be hard being a network operator at this time in Nigeria.


In the meantime, there has been no independent confirmation of this. We checked the NCC website and Twitter handle for confirmation, but neither has any record of the directive published. We wait for confirmation or denial of this bit of news. But we will get to know soon enough. All we have to do is keep our eyes and ears open for notices from our network operators.

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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi's journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.

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  1. I think a good reference point might be to ask how it’s done globally. Personally, to me 14 days grace might seem too much. Let’s be fair to these telcos, doing business in Nigeria especially their type ain’t no kids play. You really need to know how much goes into powering their various base stations and humongous taxes paid to the various arms of the Nigerian government.

  2. How it’s done globaally shouldn’t apply here abeg. That’s how the likes of GLO will go off air for like a week and your data will just expire like that without compensation. Mscheew

  3. I’m tired of all these Nigerian networks, most especially the so called Glo. Whenever I sub for data, that’s when the network always disappear from my phone till when it’s almost expiring period. #fed_up

  4. When you do MTN DataShare, the validity period is 90 days. That’s three months. So, for some of us who do that, this grace period has no impact whatsoever..

    With TSTv about to debut (I pray they live up to expectation) with satellite TV bundled with data, we may be on the verge of experiencing a cataclysmic change in the mobile data landscape!

  5. Well said. Game of a looser and a gainer. The looser being the networks who have a lot on their hands coupled with high cost of doing their business in Nigeria among competitors.
    The latest of which is tstv who might turn out to be the game changer. We welcome this as long as it will put smiles on the face of subscribers.

  6. First of all, go down low. Just kidding 🙂 Where have you been, Eye_Bee_Kay? It’s been quite a while since I read your comments. Good to hear from you again.
    It was just this evening I got to know from another medium that the MTN data share actually carries a 3-month validity. For subscribers to such, they couldn’t be bothered at the very least if this plan by NCC materialises. And with TSTv in the fray, oh boy!

  7. This is not what we need from our network providers, we need more affordable data plans and good network coverage. If they can work on that, all this adding more days to the validity period won’t be necessary.

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