Annonymous sourced within the telecommunications industry have confirmed MTN did place a ban on calls originating from Globacom subscribers over huge debts. Globacom subscribers have complained of difficulties in connecting to MTN numbers since 24 July.
However, after mediation by stakeholders within the industry, MTN lifted its partial ban on calls from Globacom subscribers to its network.
Although the ban affected both firms financially, MTN insists on placing the ban citing huge financial debts by Globacom.
In December 2018, the National Communications Commission (NCC) 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 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.
It was however learnt 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 fulfil its financial obligations.