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NCC ORDERS MTN, AIRTEL AND IHS TO DISCONNECT GLOBACOM, NTEL AND OTHER TELECOM OPERATORS

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The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has directed mobile network operators to disconnect any of their members whose debt is over N180 billion.

 

This was made known through a letter titled Pre-Disconnection Notice, sent as a notification to the affected operators on Wednesday.

In the letter, NCC asked MTN, Airtel and IHS to temporarily stop rendering services to Globacom, Ntel and interconnect exchange points which includes Breeze, Exchange, Niconnx, Medallion and Solid.

The effect of this development will be that over 35 million subscribers will be affected the moment the disconnection take place.

However, the concerned operators had been given 10 and 21 days to do the needful or face disconnection.

 NCC, cited Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure of Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators, notified the public and subscribers of Ntel and Globacom that approval has been given to MTN, Airtel and IHS to partially disconnect their services from Globacom, Ntel, and Smile for non-payment of the services rendered to them.

The Commission also said it has approved the Disconnection of Ntel and Globacom from the facilities of IHS in accordance with Section 103 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.

“Smile, Ntel and Globacom were notified of the applications made by Airtel MTN and IHS and were given opportunity to comment and state their respective cases. The Commission having examined the applications and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that Smile, Ntel and Globacom do not have sufficient reasons for non-payment of Interconnect and facility charges,” NCC stated.

The Commission informed that 9Mobile, Smile and Swift are also to be disconnected from IHS facilities and ATC Wireless Infrastructure Limited. The telecoms regulator informed that at the expiration of 10 days from yesterday (December18, 2018) subscribers on the network of Smile will no longer be able to make calls to MTN, but will be able to receive calls.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Ntel and Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel and MTN, but will be able to receive calls. Furthermore, Ntel and Globacom will be disconnected from the facilities of IHS.”

NCC also informed that it has granted approval to Airtel and MTN to disconnect from Breeze Micro Limited; Exchange Telecommunications Limited, Solid Interconnectivity Services Limited, Niconnx Communications Limited and Medallion Communications Limited (all exchange points).

NCC disclosed that at the expiration of 21 days, which started yesterday, Airtel and MTN will cease passing and receiving voice and data traffic through Breeze, Exchange, Solid, Medallion and Niconnx respectively, and will thereafter utilize alternative channels in interconnecting with other network service providers.

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