Telecoms provider Etisalat is currently in court in a battle with MTN, over claims that the Nigeria Communications Commission is giving them unfair advantage.
The bone of contention is MTN’s Family & Friends promotion package, which allows calls to eight MTN subscribers and two non-MTN subscribers at a rate of 11 kobo per second.
According to Etisalat, the package was in violation of the NCC’s rules, and asked the court to urgently attend to the suit as its business survival was at risk.
MTN had tried to contest the claimed urgency by Etisalat, but Justice Mohammed Idris had struck out the application, and postponed the case till September 25, 2015 for further hearing.
Professor Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), who is representing the NCC in the case, revealed that he had just been briefed and asked for more time to study the case files.
Etisalat wants the NCC’s decision allowing 30 per cent differential between MTN’s off-net and on-net retail mobile voice tariffs to be reviewed.
According to Etisalat, the differential allowed MTN to create what is called a “calling club,” an example of which is its “Family and Friends” promo.