The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has broker a truce between MTN Nigeria Plc and Globacom Limited (Glo) over the disconnection impasse in the interest of the consumer for a period of 21 days.
According to a statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Mr Reuben Mouka, the Commission expects MTN and Glo to resolve all outstanding issues within the 21-day period, insisting that interconnect debts must be settled by all operating companies as a necessary component towards compliance with regulatory obligations of all licensees.
Giving reasons for its intervention, the Commission said it was deeply conscious of the potential impacts of the decision on consumers and therefore had continued to engage both parties to facilitate a resolution which prioritizes and protects consumer interest and the seamless operation of the national telecoms network.
The statement noted that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry must keep to the terms and conditions of their licenses, especially as contained in their interconnection agreements.
“The Commission is pleased to announce 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”, the statement said.
On January 8, 2024 the NCC had published a Pre-Disconnection Notice informing subscribers of the approval granted to MTN Nigerian Communications Plc. (MTN) to commence the phased disconnection of Globacom Limited (Glo) with effect from January 18, 2024 due to long-standing interconnection debt dispute between the parties.