Internetwork Issues Disrupt Nigeria's Telecoms Sector
Last week Nigeria's telecoms internetwork connectivity was affected by regulatory and financial issues to a point where the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was forced to intervene.
According to the industry regulator, MTN disconnected calls from its rival Globacom over a case of unpaid interconnection.
The regulator said that Globacom owed MTN a total interconnection debt of $12.1 million out of which $1.3 million had been paid.
The Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, Henry Nkemadu, said that MTN had first made a formal application to the commission before carrying out the partial disconnection.
ITWeb Africa confirmed that MTN had since restored interconnectivity after receiving a partial-payment from Globacom.
Globacom has not commented on the matter.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said that even though the commission had granted approval to MTN's request to disconnect non-paying debtor networks from its network in line with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, what was happening now was that the creditor networks were restricting critical services to their debtor networks in the form of a one-way disconnection.
The regulator has requested that all operators that owe outstanding fees settle these immediately in order to prevent possible revenue and customer loss to competitors.