Nigeria: NCC Assures That No Telecom Subscriber Will Be Disconnected Due To Interconnect Debt

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has assured the public that none of the telecoms subscribers in Nigeria will suffer disruptions or be disconnected as a direct result of its recent decision to permit the disconnection of the indebted operators from other operators' networks.

This assurance was given by NCC's Executive Commissioner for Stakeholder Management, Sunday Dare, recently in Abuja.

Dare explained that the approval that had been given by the NCC was not for any network to just disconnect subscribers as this had been being incorrectly presented in some media platforms. He clarified that the instruction was for some creditor networks to restrict their services to debtor networks.

Dare stated that the NCC is a regulator that is consumer-centric; therefore the protection of its consumers and the sustainability of the sector remained primary drivers of its activities. He added that in this case, the NCC had put stringent safety measures in place in an effort to protect consumers and to make sure that they enjoy uninterrupted service while the commission addresses the issue of debt in the industry.

Dare gave a background to the topic of disconnection of networks by stating that over the years, the industry has struggled with the problem of facility and interconnect indebtedness.
Some operators had accumulated huge debts to others and had merely refused to pay.

He declared that the Nigerian telecoms industry is now at a very high level of debt and that the whole sector would be at risk of failure if action isn’t taken immediately.

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