Airtel to bar incoming calls from Glo subscribers over interconnect charges

Oct 22, 2019

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) notified the general public on Sunday about a partial disconnection of Glomobile by Airtel Network Limited over non-settlement of interconnect charges.

A statement signed by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Henry Nkemadu, said partial disconnection would commence October 28.

The statement read: “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 on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Glomobile will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel but will be able to RECEIVE CALLS.

“The partial disconnection, however, will allow in-bound calls to the Glomobile network.”

The implication of this is that from October 28,  Glo subscribers won’t be able to call subscribers from Airtel but can receive calls from the network.

Airtel had dragged Glomobile to the NCC over non-payment of interconnect charges. Interconnect charge is a charge paid to a receiving network by the mobile network operator a call is coming from.

The NCC notified Glomobile of the Airtel’s application and was given the opportunity to state their case.

The NCC discovered that Glomobile had no sufficient reason for not paying the interconnect charges. As such the regulator approved the disconnection from Airtel in accordance with section 100 of the Nigeria Communications Act of 2003.

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