… We were suspended in error- Nnamani
The suspension placed on Medallion Communications by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been lifted, the President/CEO, Engineer Ikechukwu Nnamani has confirmed.
The clearinghouse’s operating license was reactivated less than thirty-five days after the Regulator withdrew it on allegations of call-masking.
Speaking to TechEconomy.ng, Engr. Nnamani said the license was suspended in error, adding that as a clearinghouse, they are only providing gateway for telecommunication networks to reach their destination.
He said the Regulator had to lift the ban on the license after Medallion Communication’s presentations on the matter.
“Yes, I can confirm that Medallion Communications’ license has been restored
We are happy that common sense has prevailed. When NCC wrote us concerning the issues raised we were a bit surprised because as a clearinghouse we are not permitted to store or assess the traffic or the content of the traffic; our role is to provide the gateway for the operators to reach their target market or customers.
“During the time we were suspended we had options like approaching the court, but that was the last resort based on the Communications Act 2003. We followed the due process of writing the Regulator to explain our position on the matter and last week our license was reinstated”, Engr. Nnamani said.
The Commission imposed the sanctions on licensees following a “painstaking investigation process which included collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Department of State Services…”
NCC suspended the Interconnect Clearinghouse License issued to Medallion Communications Limited for a period of 90 (ninety) days, in the first instance and placed different levels of sanctions on other licensees-
Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria Limited; Information Connectivity Solutions Limited (ICSL); Solid Interconnectivity Services Limited; to Exchange Telecoms Limited, NiconnX Limited and Breeze Micro Limited; Private Network Links (PNL) and Local Exchange Operator (LEO).
Barring of over 750,000 numbers assigned to several Private Network Links (PNL) and Local Exchange Operator (LEO) licensees, which number ranges were found to have been utilized for the practice.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach the NCC spokesperson proved abortive.