NCC Suspends Disconnection Of Glo Subscribers To MTN

…….Issues 21-day grace period for final resolution of dispute between both telcos

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a resolution between telecommunications giants, Globacom and MTN over the former’s indebtedness for interconnect services.

Director, Public Affairs Department, Reuben Muoka had stated in a public notice on NCC’s website that the dispute may lead to MTN blocking Globacom’s subscribers.

But Mouka NCC who announced on Monday January 8th that the Commission had granted partial approval for the disconnection of Globacom from MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, has also given an update on the situation, saying both providers have agreed to settle their dispute amicably, with a 21-day grace period to finalise the resolution of their disagreement.

NCC’s spokesman said in a statement issued on Tuesday that, “the parties have now reached agreement to resolve all outstanding issues between them. For this reason, and in exercise of its regulatory powers in that regard, the Commission has put the phased disconnection on hold for a period of 21 (twenty-one) days from today, 17 January, 2024”.  

He noted that the Commission was conscious of the potential impact of the decision on consumers and therefore continued to engage both parties to facilitate a resolution which prioritizes and protects consumer interest and the seamless operation of the national telecoms network. 

This as he added that the Commission expects MTN and Glo to resolve all outstanding issues within the 21-day period.

“The Commission insists that interconnect debts must be settled by all operating companies as a necessary component towards compliance with regulatory obligations of all licensees. It is OBLIGATORY that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry keep to the terms and conditions of their licenses, especially as contained in their interconnection agreements”, the statement further read.

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