The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced the suspension of the phased disconnection of Globacom Limited (Glo) by MTN Nigerian Communications Plc. (MTN), originally scheduled to commence on January 18, 2024. The NCC’s decision comes after the publication of a Pre-Disconnection Notice on January 8, 2024, revealing the approval granted to MTN for the disconnection due to a protracted interconnection debt dispute with Glo.
Recognizing the potential adverse effects on consumers, the NCC had actively engaged both parties to encourage a resolution that prioritizes consumer interests and ensures the smooth operation of the national telecoms network. The regulatory body expressed its concern over the impact on consumers and emphasized the need for a swift resolution.
The NCC is pleased to announce that MTN and Glo have reached a comprehensive agreement to settle all outstanding issues between them. In the exercise of its regulatory powers, the NCC has decided to put the phased disconnection on hold for a period of 21 days, starting from today, January 17, 2024.
While expressing optimism that the telecom giants will resolve their differences within the stipulated 21-day period, the NCC issued a stern reminder that settling interconnect debts is a mandatory requirement for all operating companies. The regulatory body emphasized the obligation of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their licenses, particularly those outlined in their interconnection agreements.
As the industry watches closely, the next three weeks will be crucial in determining whether MTN and Glo can successfully navigate and resolve their longstanding interconnection debt dispute, ensuring stability in the Nigerian telecom landscape. The NCC continues to assert its commitment to safeguarding consumer interests and maintaining the integrity of the national telecommunications infrastructure.