NCC pushes forward the phased disconnection between MTN and GLO

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, has pledged that transparency will form the bedrock of his leadership as Nigeria's chief telecom regulator as this will enable a solid foundation in  building a resilient, accountable and efficient institution.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that MTN Nigerian Communications Plc. (MTN) and Globacom Limited (Glo)he 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 now put the phased disconnection that was to commence on January 18, 2024 on hold for a period of 21 (twenty-one) days from today, 17 January, 2024.

According to a statement by Reuben Muoka, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, the NCC says it 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. “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.”

It will be recalled that on January 8, 2024, the Nigerian Communications Commission 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.

In granting the approval, the Commission says it was deeply conscious of the potential impacts 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.

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