Starcomms challenges NCC to lower interconnection rates

10 Aug 2009

Nigerian national newspaper Vanguard reports that Maher Quiben, the managing director of fixed-wireless operator Starcomms, has challenged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to reduce interconnection rates between CDMA and GSM operators. Quiben said the country’s interconnection rates are high by world standards, adding that a quick reduction would lead to a fairer telecoms industry. The company has written a letter to the NCC compiling interconnect tariff plans of different countries worldwide, with the hope that the regulator will take note. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Starcomms increased its CDMA customer base by 95% in the three months to 30 June 2009, to bring the total to 2.484 million.