Globacom network subscribers will not be able to make calls to MTN lines from Wednesday 17 January until the Nigerian-owned operator settles the interconnect fees debt it owes.
According to sources close to the matter, the interconnect charges which started over 15 years ago have now accumulated into billions of naira which MTN and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) can no longer ignore.
“Any time MTN reports to the NCC, and Adenuga sees that sanctions are about to be imposed, he will quickly pay some amount, only to let it accumulate again,” said one of the telecom sources. The network operator is also reportedly owing NCC in AOL.
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The NCC in a notice on Monday, said it has now granted approval for partial disconnection of Globacom from MTN Nigeria Communications Plc due to non-settlement of interconnect charges.
The regulator also said it had notified Globacom of the application made by MTN, and was given the opportunity to comment and state its case.
“The commission, having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness, determined that Globacom does not have sufficient or justifiable reason for non-payment of the interconnect charges,” said the NCC in a statement signed by Reuben Muoka, director, Public Affairs Department, NCC.