Zoom in hot water over unpaid interconnection fees

24 Aug 2011

Telecom regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned CDMA operator Reliance Telecom, which provides wireless services under the brand Zoom Mobile, that it could face disconnection from rival telecoms networks if it does not settle its unpaid interconnection fees, Technology Times Online reports. Zoom has been given 21 days to pay its debts to five operators: Airtel Nigeria, Glo Mobile, MTN Nigeria, Multilinks and Visafone Communications. If it fails to do so, the quintet have been granted regulatory approval to partially cut interconnection with Zoom, meaning that its subscribers would only be able to receive calls from, but not make calls to, customers of the five rival cellcos. Commenting on the regulator’s decision, director of public affairs at the NCC Dave Imoko said: ‘The NCC had examined the applications and circumstances surrounding the indebtedness and determined that Zoom Mobile does not have sufficient reason for non-payment of the interconnect charges to the affected operators.’ According to the latest figures from the NCC, Zoom accounted for just over 1% of Nigeria’s total mobile subscribers at the end of March 2011, with a customer base of 939,225.

Nigeria, Reliance Telecom (Zoom Mobile)