The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced the successful resolution of the interconnect debt dispute between MTN Nigeria Communications Plc. (MTN) and Globacom Limited (Globacom), marking a significant milestone for the telecommunications industry.
In a bid to prevent any disruptions to subscribers, the NCC intervened by mediating between the two parties and facilitating a reconciliation process after MTN was granted approval for the disconnection of Globacom as per an initial public notice.
With the resolution achieved, the disconnection approval granted to MTN has been withdrawn, bringing an end to the dispute. The NCC emphasizes the importance of all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees adhering strictly to the terms and conditions outlined in their licenses, particularly those delineated in interconnection agreements.
To preempt and address future instances of interconnect indebtedness within the industry, the NCC will take proactive measures, including requesting relevant records and regular updates from MNOs. Additionally, the Commission pledges to adopt a transparent approach towards managing industry indebtedness.
This announcement underscores the NCC’s commitment to fostering a stable and compliant telecommunications ecosystem in Nigeria, ensuring uninterrupted services for subscribers and promoting healthy competition among industry players.