Over a week, Glo subscribers have been restricted from calling any number on MTN network, as the two telecom operators battle owned interconnect fees of up to 10 billion naira.
Source reveals that Glo is arrogant and has failed to pay up the fees and has also refused to attend meetings or respond to notification letters.
Currently, MTN subscribers are able to call Glo network but Glo subscribers are unable to call MTN network. This serves as punishment for Glo to pay up its 7 to 10 billion interconnect debt that have piled up for a long time.
Meanwhile, NCC is aware of the disconnection and has stated that interconnect debt in Nigeria’s telecom sector stands at over 165 billion naira. This made NCC approved the partial disconnection till debt are paid.
Nigerians Telecommunications Commission (NCC) also asked Airtel, MTN and IHS to disconnect, on partial basis, services to mobile network operators such as Glo, Ntel and other interconnect exchange points.
Industry analysts says that if other networks followed suite in partially disconnecting their service from Glo, subscribers will face service disruption in the coming weeks and will negatively affect the telecom industry, as subscribers may resort to using Overt The TOP (OTT) applications like WhatsApp in making calls.
However, sources familiar with the issue reports that MTN and Glo are currently holding discussions to resolve the disconnection.