Operators agree to let regulator sort out interconnection spat

22 Oct 2008

The Namibian Communication Commission (NCC) has been given the task of establishing a new network interconnection charges framework within two months to settle disputes between the country’s three main telecoms operators, fixed line and CDMA services provider Telecom Namibia, largest cellular operator Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), and smaller rival cellco Cell One. The operators have requested that the NCC study the interconnection fee structure in nearby countries before finalising its decisions; the regulator says it will benchmark the new framework against existing regimes within the Southern Africa Development Community. Over the past few months the NCC has been mediating arguments between the three network owners, which have accused one another of anticompetitive practices. For instance, Telecom Namibia and Cell One had both alleged that MTC charged its subscribers extortionate interconnection tariffs when calling Telecom Namibia and Cell One numbers.