Following the resolution, the disconnection approval granted to MTN for the disconnection of Globacom has now been withdrawn.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that the interconnect debt dispute between MTN Nigeria Communications Plc. (MTN) and Globacom Limited (Globacom) has been amicably resolved.
According to a statement signed by Reuben Muoka, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, following the resolution, the disconnection approval granted to MTN for the disconnection of Globacom has now been withdrawn.
Following its initial Public Notice, the Commission, to mitigate any potential disruptions to subscribers, undertook further regulatory intervention, by mediating between the parties and facilitating the reconciliation process.
The Commission reiterates that strict adherence to the terms and conditions of licenses, particularly those delineated in interconnection agreements, is imperative for all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees within the telecommunications industry.
To proactively address and prevent future instances of interconnect indebtedness within the industry, the Commission will be requesting relevant records and regular updates from MNOs, as well as adopting a transparent approach towards industry indebtedness.
The statement served as a reminder of the Commission’s commitment to fostering a stable and compliant telecommunications ecosystem in Nigeria.
Oputah David M is a Bloomberg-trained Journalist with a diversified experience in online journalism and newsroom management. He is a 2023 MTN Media Innovation fellow!