For allegedly refusing to open its interconnection circuits, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has been dragged before the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for anti-competition practices. In the trenches for the war are several operators, including new entrant Global System of Mobile Communication (GSM) network provider, Globacom and fixed wireless provider, Intercellular, among others.

They are accusing MTN of high-handedness in its operations, especially for allegedly refusing to open its trunks to other operators. Specifically, Globacom has alleged that its subscribers find it difficult to access MTN’s network while it is easier for the firm to reach its network.

While Globacom had taken its protest to the NCC, urging the regulatory agency to act to avert a collapse of its infant network, Intercellular Nigeria in separate letters to MTN sought for clarification and understanding to save the growing telecom sector from imminent collapse.

While Globacom is experiencing problem in Lagos and Abuja due to its inability to connect seamlessly to MTN, Intercellular is alleging that the company has made it impossible to connect its network in Kano despite MTN’s excess interconnection circuits of over 150 in the state.

Globacom spokesman, Mr. Tunde Kaitell confirmed that a formal protest had been made to the NCC. He, however, declined to give details. Intercellular Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bashir el-Rufai in his letter to MTN on October 13, titled: "Anti-competition and Near Monopoly Behaviour" accused the organisation of trying to stifle other operators over its refusal to open its trunks to them.

The Guardian