Telecom Namibia calls on NCC to lower interconnection charges

29 Aug 2008

Telecom Namibia has called on the Namibia Communications Commission (NCC) to ‘bring sanity’ to interconnection charges by reducing them to a competitive cost-based level, reports news service Informante. In a statement the telco said that while it recognises the NCC cannot impose rates on companies, it should do more to set standards or issue guidelines for determining rates through negotiations between operators. Telecom Namibia claims that mobile operator MTC is unfairly charging exorbitant interconnection fees from its network to fixed lines. MTC has strongly refuted Telecom Namibia’s allegations, saying that it was Telecom Namibia that actually proposed the current arrangement in 2003, with the parties revisiting the deal in March 2007 and reaching consensus agreement.