By Favour Unukaso
THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted MTN approval to disconnect Glo from its network over interconnect debt.
NCC, in a document Monday, titled: ‘Pre-Disconnection Notice,’ notified the public and subscribers of Globacom that approval has been granted for the partial disconnection of Globacom from MTN Nigeria due to non-settlement of interconnect charges.
NCC, in the document, signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, explained that Globacom was notified of the application made by MTN and was given opportunity to comment and state its case.
The Commission said, having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness, determined that Globacom does not have significant or justifiable reasons for non-payment of the interconnect charges.
“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 Globacom network,” it stated.
NCC said this disconnection will subsist until otherwise determined by it.
As of August 2023, checks by upfrontdigital showed that Globacom had 61 million users and 27.8 per cent penetration in the country.