Debt: Airtel Gets NCC’s Approval to Disconnect Globacom from Network

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Telecommunication company, Airtel Networks Limited, has been granted approval by the Nigerian Communications Communication to partially disconnect Globacom from its network.

The partial disconnection will make it impossible for Glo subscribers to make calls to Airtel network but can receive calls from the network.

NCC said the approval was because of Globacom’s failure to settle interconnect debts.

According to a statement by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu, dated 18 October, the regulatory agency said Glomobile was notified of the application and was given opportunity to comment and state its case.

“The Commission having examined the application and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness determined that the affected operator does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of interconnect charges,” the statement said.

“All subscribers are, therefore, requested to take notice that the Commission has approved the partial disconnection of Glomobile by Airtel in accordance with Section 100 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines and Procedure for Granting Approval to disconnect Telecommunication Operators,” the statement read. 

The regulatory agency stressed that at the expiration of 10 days from the date of the notice, subscribers on the network of Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel. But they will be able to receive calls.

It said that the disconnection will subsist until otherwise determined by the Commission.

The disconnection is expected to take effect from October 28.