NCC has granted approval to Airtel Networks Limited partial Disconnection to Globacom from its network.
The action was said to have been as a result of Globacom’s failure to settle interconnect debts.
The partial disconnection of Globalcom makes it impossible for Glo subscribers to make phone calls to Airtel network. Not withstanding the fact that they, can however receive calls from the network (Airtel).
Information of the decision detailed that the disconnection will possibly take effect from October 28 2019.
Earlier in the year, MTN had accused Globacom of refusing to pay up its interconnect indebtedness and threatened to disconnect Glo subscribers, leading to NCC’s intervention.
Telecom operators settle interconnect bills through NCC-licensed clearinghouses. The bills are generated from charges for calls from a particular network that terminate on another network.
In his statement dated October 18th, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu, disclosed that Glomobile was notified of the application and was given opportunity to comment and state its case.
“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 statement said.
In regards to the statement:
“All subscribers are, therefore, requested to take notice that 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 and Procedure for Granting Approval to disconnect Telecommunication Operators.”
The NCC said that at the expiration of 10 days from the date of the notice, subscribers on the network of Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel. But they will be able to receive calls.
For the now, the disconnection will subsist until otherwise determined by the Commission. NCC said.