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NCC Halts Planned Disconnection as MTN and Glo Agree to Resolve Outstanding Issues

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced that a resolution has been reached between telecommunication giants MTN and Glo, prompting the regulatory body to suspend the phased disconnection initially slated to commence on January 17, 2024.

The announcement came via a statement signed by Reuben Mouka, the Director of Public Affairs at NCC. According to the statement, the Commission is pleased to disclose that both parties, MTN and Glo, have agreed to address and resolve all lingering issues between them. In light of this development and exercising its regulatory powers, the NCC has decided to put the phased disconnection on hold for a 21-day period starting from January 17, 2024.

The regulatory body emphasized its awareness of the potential impacts such a decision could have on consumers. Throughout the process, the NCC remained engaged with both companies, prioritizing a resolution that safeguards consumer interests and ensures the smooth operation of the national telecommunications network.

While expressing optimism that MTN and Glo will successfully address all outstanding issues within the provided 21-day timeframe, the NCC emphasized the importance of settling interconnect debts by all operating companies. The Commission highlighted this as a necessary component for compliance with the regulatory obligations stipulated in the licenses of all telecom licensees.

The NCC concluded the statement by stressing the obligation of Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry to adhere to the terms and conditions outlined in their licenses and interconnection agreements. The regulatory body remains committed to fostering a conducive environment for seamless operations within the telecommunications sector.

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