Nigeria ICT Turmoil: Telecommunication dominance wars brewing in Africa

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African telecommunication companies have hit the headlines hard this week as MTN Nigeria and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) are set to face Etisalat in a Federal High Court battle in Lagos. Reports

The battle commenced after Etisalat claimed that the NCC had allegedly given its competitor MTN Nigeria a market advantage over it.

MTN joins NCC in the suit as co-respondent. Etisalat is seeking a review of a decision by NCC to allow a 30 percent differential between MTN’s off-net and on-net retail mobile voice tariffs.

According to Etisalat, this differential enables MTN to create a ‘calling club’, an example of which is its ‘Family and Friends’ promotion, which offers a rate of NGN 0.11 per second to eight MTN subscribers and two non-MTN subscribers. Etisalat said this differential is a breach of NCC’s Determination of Dominance in Selected Communications Markets in Nigeria regulation.

According to a report via, Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed August 3 for the hearing of a suit filed by Etisalat Nigeria Limited against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Read on