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Interconnect rates ready next month — NCC

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr Ernest Ndukwe, says the interconnect rates will be ready next month. Interconnect rates are the rates which service providers pay to each other for terminating calls on their fixed or mobile networks.

Ndukwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday that the two companies appointed by the NCC had almost completed the job. Two firms, Detecon International and PriceWaterHouseCoopers, were appointed by the NCC as consultants and advisors to the commission for the review of current interconnection rates.The two firms were to conduct cost study as well as international benchmarking studies, which led to the existing fixed and mobile termination rates in the country.

The consultants were to have sessions with the operating companies during the months of March through April 2009, while their reports would be submitted to the Commission before the end of April, 2009.The NCC boss said that the report would have been out, but it was hindered by limited information from telecomms providers.“The issue is that we always need time to do things well.

When we started, some of the operating companies were not forthcoming with the kind of information that was required in order to completethe study. “So we had to now take other measures to ensure that we get the information and I think that we have reached a stage where we can say we have got the information we want. “They are now working to finish their work and I think before next month, something will happen,” he said.


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