The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, said it is pleased to announce that telecommunication giants, MTN and Globacom, have now reached agreement to resolve all outstanding issues between them.

Recall that on January 8, 2024, the NCC 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.

In granting the approval, the Commission said it 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.

And in a statement signed by Reuben Mouka, Director of Press of the Commission, NCC, it said for this reason, and in exercise of its regulatory powers in that regard, it has put the phased disconnection on hold for a period of 21 days from today, 17 January, 2024.

The Commission said it expects MTN and Glo to resolve all outstanding issues within the 21-day period but insisted that interconnect debts must be settled by all operating companies as a necessary component towards compliance with regulatory obligations of all licensees.

It added that 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.

We expect MTN, Glo to reach agreement within 21 days – NCC extends disconnection deadline

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