Telecoms Chamber seeks stay of execution over NCA fines

The Electronic Communications Tribunal will next week give its ruling on a stay of execution filed by the Chamber of Telecommunications.

It follows the latter’s dissatisfaction over a fine for failing to provide quality services as required.

The Chamber of Telecommunications last week petitioned the Electronic Communications Tribunal over fines imposed on them by the National Communications Authority (NCA).

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The Chamber, comprising MTN, Airtel-Tigo, Vodafone and Glo, are seeking that the tribunal overturns the decision by the regulator.

Citi Business News understands that hearing of the case has since commenced.

But the stay of execution that has been filed by the telcos is to totally prevent them from paying the fine in the interim, even before the tribunal concludes its decision on overturning it or not.

The ruling on the stay of execution is expected next week.

The NCA, in November last 2018, fined the four telcos; MTN, AirtelTigo, Vodafone and Glo, a total of 34 million cedis for failing to comply with quality of service requirement.

AirtelTigo picked up the heftiest fine of 11.6 million cedis after the National Communications Authority’s (NCA) assessment of Quality of Service compliance of Mobile Network Operators.

All other telcos also received sanctions with Glo being fined 4.46 million cedis, MTN fined 9 million cedis and Vodafone receiving a GHC8.89 million fine.

The NCA noted that it undertook the quality of Service monitoring in the Greater Accra, Eastern, Western, Northern Regions, and two districts in the Ashanti Region in phase one of a nationwide monitoring exercise.