Most Glo users won’t notice they were not able to call MTN numbers due to MTN disconnected Globalcom users some days back 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 call 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 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.
Acting on the approval, MTN had partially disconnected Globacom subscribers due to a huge debt burden and the accrued interest of N4.4bn as confirmed by the Nigerian Communications Commission on Tuesday.
Our correspondent learned that only N500m had been paid by Globacom out 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.
As of December last year, the interconnect debt in the industry stood at N165bn.
Interconnect rate is the price that telecommunications operators pay each other for calls terminating on their networks.