NCC Approves Airtel Request To Disconnect GLO Network

NCC approves Airtel request to disconnect GLO network

21 October 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted Airtel Networks Limited an approval to partially disconnect Globacom from its network.

The NCC made the statement to notify the general public and Glomobile subscribers that the partial disconnection is taking place as a result of a non-settlement of interconnect charges.

"Glomobile was notified of the application and was given opportunity to comment and state its case,” Henry Nkemadu, director of public affairs at the NCC said in a statement.

“The commission, having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of interconnect charges.

The NCC spokesperson then added that all subscribers are requested to take notice of:

  1. The Commission has approved the partial disconnection of Glomobile by Airtel in accordance with Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.
  2. At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Glomobile will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel but will be able to receive calls.
  3. The partial disconnection, however, will allow in-bound calls to the Glomobile network.

This disconnection, which will take effect from Monday 28 October, will subsist until otherwise determined by the Commission.

In December 2018, the country’s telecom regulator granted an approval to mobile network operators to disconnect other operators over rising interconnect debts and failure of the affected operators to pay.

Earlier this year, MTN had accused Globacom of refusing to pay up its interconnect fees and threatened to disconnect Glo subscribers before NCC intervened. It was reported that MTN Nigeria had subsequently received N2.6 billion part-payment of the interconnect debt from Globacom.