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NCC directs telcos to resolve debt dispute

Globacom subscribers will still be able to call MTN lines for another 21 days, the Nigerian Communications Commission has disclosed.

This is as the commission postponed its planned barring of Glo subscribers from calling MTN lines for 21 days.

The commission disclosed this Thursday morning in a statement signed by Director, Public Affairs, Reuben Mouka, as a follow-up to its Pre-Disconnection Notice issued on January 8, 2024.

In the first notice, the commission stated that it had approved MTN Nigerian Communications Plc. to commence the phased disconnection of Globacom Limited with effect from January 18, 2024, due to a long-standing interconnection debt dispute between the parties.

Announcing its extension, the NCC said, “The Commission is pleased to announce that the parties have now reached an 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.

“Whilst the commission expects MTN and Glo to resolve all outstanding issues within the 21-day period, the commission insists that interconnect debts must be settled by all operating companies as a necessary component towards compliance with regulatory obligations of all licensees.”

It noted that its approval for disconnection would have potential impacts on consumers. In its extension notice, the NCC stressed that Mobile Network Operators and other licensees in the telecom industry must keep to the terms and conditions of their licenses, especially as contained in their interconnection agreements.

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