MTN has lifted its partial ban on calls from Globacom subscribers to its network after stakeholders intervened in the matter.
This came after a breakdown in mobile communication between 46.6 million Globacom subscribers and MTN network users, which lasted more than five days. This cost both companies a huge loss in revenue.
But a reliable source within the MTN, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “There was pressure on MTN to lift the partial disconnection because of the technicality of the business.”
Globacom subscribers that calls to MTN network on Wednesday were successful as against Tuesday when they had difficulty in reaching families and friends using MTN lines.
In December 2018, the telecom regulator granted an approval to mobile network operators to disconnect other operators over rising interconnect debts and failure of the affected operators to pay.
In a notification letter sent by the NCC to the affected parties, the commission had asked MTN, Airtel and the IHS to disconnect, on a partial basis, services to Globacom, Ntel and some interconnect exchange points.
Globacom has only succeeded in paying 500M out of billions of Naira of its total interconnect indebtedness to MTN despite series of pleas, meetings and payment deadlines issued to the network operator to fulfill its financial obligations.
Interconnect rate is the price that telecommunications operators pay each other for calls terminating on their networks.