In a recent development, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced a resolution to the looming disconnection of Globacom Limited (Glo) by MTN Nigerian Communications Plc. (MTN). The approval for the phased disconnection, initially set to commence on January 18, 2024, was granted by the NCC due to a prolonged interconnection debt dispute between the telecom giants.
Recognizing the potential impact on consumers, the NCC actively engaged both parties to facilitate a resolution prioritizing consumer interests and ensuring the smooth operation of the national telecoms network. Subsequently, an agreement has been reached between MTN and Glo to address all outstanding issues.
In the exercise of its regulatory powers, the NCC has decided to put the phased disconnection on hold for a period of 21 days from January 17, 2024. While optimistic about the resolution within this timeframe, the Commission emphasizes the obligatory nature of settling interconnect debts for all operating companies. Compliance with regulatory obligations, particularly those outlined in interconnection agreements, is paramount for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry.
Reuben Mouka, the Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, signed the official statement, expressing the Commission’s commitment to ensuring a harmonious telecom ecosystem.