Multichoice Proceeds With Price Hike, Ignores Court Order

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May 1, 2024.

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Multichoice Nigeria, a popular Pay TV provider, has proceeded with the upward adjustment of its prices for DStv and GOtv subscribers, despite a recent court ruling prohibiting the company from raising rates.

On April 24, the company announced that it would increase its price for its DStv and GOtv cable services, beginning from the first of May.

However, the CCPT ruled that the company should refrain from raising rates as initially scheduled, following an ex-parte motion presented by the applicant’s counsel.

Despite the tribunal’s interim order, checks conducted by Nairametrics revealed that Multichoice Nigeria has forged ahead with the tariff increase, with the new prices being displayed and enforced on its official website.

For DStv Premium subscribers, the price has surged from N29,500 to N37,000, while Compact Plus subscribers now face an increase from N19,800 to N25,000.

Similarly, Compact, Confam, and Yanga subscribers witness price hikes, ranging from 20% to 25% compared to previous rates.

GOtv subscribers also experience a similar fate, with tariff adjustments reflecting significant increases across various subscription packages.

Despite legal injunctions, Multichoice Nigeria’s decision to proceed with the price hike signals a bold move in a highly contested legal battle.

The Acting Chairman of the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Adamu Abdullahi, disclosed that Multichoice had provided a detailed explanation for the price adjustments in a four-page letter to the commission.

The company cited factors such as foreign exchange fluctuations, high electricity tariffs, and operational costs as drivers behind the rate revisions.

Abdullahi explained that the FCCPC would scrutinize Multichoice’s justifications for the price hike, collaborating with regulatory bodies like the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure compliance with market regulations.

The decision to proceed with the tariff increase has sparked concerns among consumer rights advocates, who question Multichoice’s adherence to legal directives.

Despite the company’s rationale for the price adjustment, critics argue that subscribers should not bear the brunt of economic challenges beyond their control.(www.naija247news.com).


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Azonuchechi Chukwu - Business Journalist at Naija247news.com Azonuchechi Chukwu is a seasoned business journalist contributing to the insightful coverage of economic and financial news at Naija247news.com. With a passion for unraveling the complexities of the business world, Azonuchechi brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to his role. As a Business Journalist, Azonuchechi specializes in providing comprehensive analyses of market trends, corporate developments, and economic indicators. His in-depth reports offer Naija247news.com readers a nuanced understanding of the forces shaping the Nigerian and global business landscapes. Azonuchechi Chukwu's commitment to journalistic excellence is evident in his ability to translate complex financial information into accessible and engaging narratives. Whether exploring stock market fluctuations, corporate strategies, or economic policies, he strives to deliver content that empowers readers with valuable insights. With an educational background in business and a keen interest in the intersection of finance and technology, Azonuchechi stays at the forefront of industry dynamics. His coverage extends beyond traditional financial reporting, encompassing the dynamic realms of fintech, entrepreneurship, and sustainable business practices. Azonuchechi Chukwu's work goes beyond the surface, aiming to foster financial literacy and awareness among Naija247news.com's audience. By demystifying economic complexities and shedding light on emerging opportunities, he plays a pivotal role in keeping readers well-informed in the fast-paced world of business. As Naija247news.com's Business Journalist, Azonuchechi Chukwu continues to make meaningful contributions to the platform's mission of delivering timely, accurate, and relevant business news to its diverse audience. His dedication to journalistic integrity and his ability to navigate the intricacies of the business realm make him an invaluable asset to the Naija247news.com team.

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