MTN suspends USSD charges

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MTN Nigeria says it has not started charging its subscribers for bank transactions done via Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) which allows banks’ customers access to bank services via their mobile phones.

Reports surfaced over the weekend after some MTN’s subscribers received messages from the company informing them that with effect from Monday, it will start charging N4 per 20 seconds for USSD.

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Reacting to the reports, the Senior Manager, External Relations of MTN, Mr Funso Aina told Daily Trust that the telecom company had not started implementing the new charge.

Adding that the company put the charge on hold as result of a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

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The federal government earlier asked MTN to halt the planned charge, saying they are not aware of it officially also CBN reacted to the said charges, saying it won’t happen.

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