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NCC Gives New Update On Jan 18 Disconnection Threat Between MTN, GLO Networks



MTN Glo disconnection

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has given a new update on the interconnectivity issues between MTN Nigerian Communications and Globacom Limited (Glo) leading to a threat of disconnection between the two networks from Thursday, January 18, 2024.

The commission in a statement made available to affirmed that following its intervention, that it had been resolved to give a 21-day pause to allow for further arbitration between the two companies to allow for a possible resolution.

The NCC in a statement dated January 1, 2024 and issued by Mr Rueben Mouka, director of public affairs, giving the update on the threat of disconnection between Glo and MTN said:


1. On January 8, 2024 the Nigerian Communications Commission published a Pre-Disconnection Notice informing subscribers of the approval granted to MTN Nigerian Communications Plc. (MTN) to commence the phased disconnection of Globacom Limited (Glo) with effect from January 18, 2024 due to long-standing interconnection debt dispute between the parties.

2. In granting the approval, the Commission was deeply conscious of the potential impacts of the decision on consumers and therefore continued to engage both parties to facilitate a resolution which prioritizes and protects consumer interest and the seamless operation of the national telecoms network.

3. The Commission is pleased to announce that the parties have now reached agreement to resolve all outstanding issues between them. For this reason, and in exercise of its regulatory powers in that regard, the Commission has put the phased disconnection on hold for a period of 21 (twenty-one) days from today, 17 January, 2024. 

4. Whilst the Commission expects MTN and Glo to resolve all outstanding issues within the 21-day period, the Commission insists that interconnect debts must be settled by all operating companies as a necessary component towards compliance with regulatory obligations of all licensees. It is OBLIGATORY that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry keep to the terms and conditions of their licenses, especially as contained in their interconnection agreements. reports that the intervention of the NCC serves as a reflection of the role of a regulatory body in ensuring cordiality in the industry and avoiding such issues that led to the threat of disconnection between Glo and MTN.

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