MTN Nigeria has acquired N2.6bn part-payment of interconnect debt from Globacom, sources conversant in the problem confirmed on Thursday.
It was gathered that the business regulator, Nigerian Communications Fee, had intervened within the debt problem, which led to partial disconnection of calls from Glo to MTN subscribers.
The supply additionally stated discussions had been ongoing to plot a method of recovering the remainder of the interconnect debt from Globacom.
That is coming after stakeholders weighed right into a dispute on the interconnect debt estimated at N4.4bn to avert additional breakdown in cellular communication between Globacom subscribers and MTN community customers, which had lasted for greater than 5 days.
As of December final 12 months, the interconnect debt within the business stood at N165bn.
In the meantime, in an announcement issued by the NCC on Thursday, the fee referred to as on debtor operators within the business to promptly settle interconnect money owed owed their creditor networks to forestall potential income loss and buyer flight from their networks to opponents.
The fee assured the 174 million telecoms customers of their safety in opposition to any service disruption.
The Govt Vice Chairman of the fee, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated the regulatory physique was dedicated to making sure prospects take pleasure in uninterrupted service whereas efforts had been being made to deal with the problem of indebtedness within the business.
Danbatta said that the problem of interconnection was a matter that the fee was dealing with delicately throughout the purview of the regulatory provisions to guard customers by guaranteeing that their high quality of the expertise was not acutely affected.
The EVC recalled that the regulatory approval on permission for disconnection was granted to creditor networks late final 12 months, as a final resort in the direction of resolving the massive interconnection money owed threatening the well being and sustainability of the business.
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