In a recent development, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given its nod to MTN’s request for a partial disconnection of Globacom (Glo) from its network. This decision comes in response to unpaid interconnect charges by Glo.
Reuben Muoka, the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, made the announcement through a document titled ‘Pre-Disconnection Notice’ on Monday. The move follows Glo’s persistent failure to settle its outstanding debts, despite multiple attempts at resolution.
Under this approved partial disconnection, Glo subscribers will face restrictions only in initiating calls to MTN lines. However, they will still be able to receive calls from MTN users. Other network functionalities, such as outgoing calls to different networks and data services, will continue to operate normally for Glo customers.
This decision aims to address the issue of unpaid interconnect charges, emphasizing the need for telecom companies to adhere to financial obligations in the industry. While restricting some services, the NCC’s approach allows for essential communication channels to remain open, ensuring minimal disruption for Glo subscribers.
The statement read, “All subscribers are, therefore requested to take notice that the Commission has approved the Partial Disconnection of Globacom to MTN in accordance with Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 and Paragraph 9 of the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators, 2012.
“At the expiration of 10 days from January 8, 2024, subscribers of Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to MTN but will be able to receive calls.
“The Partial Disconnection, however, will allow in-bound calls to the Globacom network,” it stated.