Inter-connect debts: NCC gives Airtel approval to disconnect Glo

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Glo subscribers will find it difficult to make calls to Airtel network as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted the latter an approval to partially disconnect the former from its network, effective October 28.

The regulatory agency said the approval given owing to Globacom’s failure to honour interconnect debts obligation.

Interconnect debts are bills that emanate from charges for calls generated from a particular network that terminate on another network.

If a Globacom subscriber initiates a call to an Airtel subscriber, the call is terminated on the Airtel network and Globacom is expected to pay the approved fee for terminating calls on Airtel network and vice versa.

NCC said in a letter dated October 18, 2019 and signed by NCC’s spokesman, Dr. Henry Nkemadu that it had examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness and determined that the affected operator does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of interconnect charges.”

“The Nigerian Communications Commission hereby notifies the general public and subscribers of Glomobile Limited (Glomobile) that approval has been granted to the partial disconnection of Glomobile from Airtei Networks Limited (Airtel) as a result of non-settlement of interconnect charges. 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 inter-connect charges.”

The partial disconnection will make it impossible for Glo subscribers to make calls to Airtel network.

They, however, can receive calls from the network.

“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.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel but will be able to receive calls. The partial disconnection, however, will allow in-bound calls to the Glomobile network,” the regulatory agency said.

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