Glo to Remain Connected: Disconnection Averted as Telecom Giants Agree on Debt

Abuja, Nigeria: A planned disruption to mobile phone services in Nigeria has been averted after Globacom and MTN, the country’s two largest telecoms operators, reached an agreement over a long-standing debt dispute.

On January 8th, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) granted MTN the go-ahead to begin disconnecting Glo subscribers in phases, starting January 18th. This decision followed years of disagreements over unpaid interconnection fees, the charges incurred when customers of one network make calls or send messages to another.

However, in a dramatic turn of events announced yesterday, the NCC revealed that MTN and Glo have finally reached a deal, putting the disconnection plan on hold for 21 days.

“The Commission is pleased to announce that the parties have now reached agreement to resolve all outstanding issues between them,” stated Reuben Mouka, Director of Public Affairs for the NCC.

While acknowledging the potential consumer disruption the disconnection could have caused, the NCC emphasized the ongoing importance of settling interconnect debts within the industry. “Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and other licensees in the telecom industry must keep to the terms and conditions of their licenses,” Mouka added.

The 21-day window provides a critical opportunity for MTN and Glo to finalize their agreement and ensure the smooth continued operation of mobile services in Nigeria. Failure to reach a definitive solution within this timeframe could reignite the threat of disconnection, potentially impacting millions of customers.

The resolution of this dispute comes as a welcome relief for Nigerians, who have already endured years of economic hardship and disruptions. Many rely heavily on mobile phone services for communication, business, and financial transactions.

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