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USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by dre11(m): 6:24am On Jun 04
…as lenders’ debt hits N47bn

Telecommunications operators in the country are again planning to disconnect commercial banks from the use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), New Telegraph has learnt. This is even as the banks’ debt for the service is said to have risen to over N47 billion as of end of May. Sources within the industry told our correspondent that the banks had indicated that they were not ready to pay the debt while they continue to enjoy the service.

“The disconnection of the banks from our USSD platform is inevitable as we have now realised that the banks are not willing to pay the debt, which is accumulating every day and now over N47 billion “They want to continue to make money through our platforms and they are not ready to pay,” one of the sources said. This is coming in spite of the recent intervention by the Minister of Communi-cations and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, which led to the suspension of the earlier threat of disconnection by the telcos.

To address the issue, the minister on March 15, 2021, summoned a meeting involving representatives of mobile network operators, Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), banks (represented by the Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs) and the sector regulators – Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). A statement issued after the meeting said there was a resolution that “effective March 16, 2021, USSD services for financial transactions conducted at DMBs and all CBN – licensed institutions will be charged at a flat fee of N6.98k per transaction.

This replaces the current per session billing structure, ensuring a much cheaper average cost for customers to enhance financial inclusion. This approach is transparent and will ensure the amount remains the same, regardless of the number of sessions per transaction.” Specifically, on the existing debt, which was put at N42 billion then, the statement, jointly signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, CBN, Osita Nwanisobi, and Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said: “a settlement plan for outstanding payments incurred for USSD services, previously rendered by the MNOs, is being worked out by all parties in a bid to ensure that the matter is fully resolved.” However, telecom operators said nothing had been done to implement any of the resolutions months after.

“Nothing has changed after the meeting. The banks continue to use the USSD platforms without paying and the debt continues to mount. “We cannot continue this way, hence, we have decided to disconnect the banks. In fact, we would have disconnected them this week, but the NCC asked us to hold,” an official of one of the telecom operators said. Meanwhile, a few weeks after the joint meeting, the banks were reported to have claimed that they were not indebted to any telecom operators. “There is no such thing as an obligation due from banks to telcos,” Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, was quoted to have said at an investor call in Lagos.

“We chose not to make a public statement out of it because it is not appropriate for us to be found fighting with telcos in public,” he added. The telcos had earlier threatened to disconnect the banks from March 15, 2021, which prompted the meeting that led to the suspension. In a statement released through their umbrella body, the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the telcos had said that the withdrawal of the service became inevitable as the banks have refused to pay their debts.

“Our members are initiating a phased process of withdrawal of USSD services, starting with the most significant debtors within the Financial Ser-vice Providers (FSPs) effective Monday, March 15, 2021. While the withdrawal of USSD service is in place, we encourage our subscribers to kindly explore alternative channels with their banks,” ALTON had said in a statement signed by its Chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo. According to Adebayo, it had been more than eight months since the NCC issued an updated pricing methodology for USSD services for financial transactions in Nigeria.

The methodology, he said, explicitly restricted mobile network operators from charging the end-user for the services and mandates the banking sector to enter into negotiations to settle outstanding obligations and agree on individual pricing mechanisms to be applied going forwards. “During this time, mobile network operators have continued to provide access to USSD infrastructure and our members have continued to pay all bank charges and fees to access the banking industries assets and customers, despite the fact that obligations due from banks to telecoms companies for USSD services has reached over N42 billion,” Adebayo had said in the statement.

https://www.newtelegraphng.com/ussd-telcos-insist-on-disconnecting-banks/

Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by fernandez1(m): 6:29am On Jun 04
Banks are thieves imagine after charging the end user to pay the platform is war

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by GIANTPLUSHUB: 7:00am On Jun 04
Just imagine
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by yanabasee1(m): 7:15am On Jun 04
This will cost the bank alot...


If the banks will not reduce the charges placed...I am fully in support of the ban....


DIGRESSING


This reminds me of the comment by Pantami, about how NIN registration have reduced banditry and kidnapping to the nearest minimum...


When Militants where kidnapping from the Niger-Delta region, the entire country knew what they were fighting for...

Now, the kidnappers in the Northern region, what are they kidnapping for?

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Ihatemen(f): 7:16am On Jun 04
I hate men
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Ishilove: 7:23am On Jun 04
Ihatemen:
I hate men
Wos wos wobi, better go for psychological evaluation and counseling to cure whatever is troubling you instead of spamming the forum with your nonsense.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by bigtt76(f): 7:25am On Jun 04
CBN through NIBSS should own this infrastructure and debit the banks on behalf of the telcos.


dre11:




…as lenders’ debt hits N47bn



https://www.newtelegraphng.com/ussd-telcos-insist-on-disconnecting-banks/


Lalasticlala

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by kingreign(m): 7:48am On Jun 04
Ishilove:

Wos wos wobi, better go for psychological evaluation and counseling to cure whatever is troubling you instead spamming the forum with your nonsense.
If na woman e be, e need correct ogbonge dïćk reset to reset e brain and body, once e reset, e no go yarn those opata again.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by dfrost: 8:39am On Jun 04
Then let everyone move to banking apps.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by LaIabobo: 8:40am On Jun 04
Lol.
Banks can't lose this war. Na telcos and their customers go suffer.

For ease of understanding, before now, end-users/customers are charged from their airtime for using ussd, the government banned this charge and asked banks and telcos to reach an agreement and reprising.
However, both parties are not ready to bear the cost.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Bari22(m): 8:40am On Jun 04
Let them go ahead
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Paabiodun(m): 8:40am On Jun 04
I love it, at least they will safe me from unnecessary transaction like quick recharge card.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Viktoreze(m): 8:40am On Jun 04
No please. *737# can empty your savings account if you dont exercise self-restraint but its still very functional in our daily lives oo

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Offpoint1: 8:41am On Jun 04
So the charges these banks had been removing all the while, what are they doing with it?

You check balance, they charge you..
You make transactions, they charge you...

What are they doing with it?

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by JulianBond007: 8:41am On Jun 04
Nigerians don suffer
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by saxietohgbaskie: 8:41am On Jun 04
What a country!!!!!
Even banks sef Dey owe gbeseee!!

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by ecomalchemist(m): 8:41am On Jun 04
Na telcos go suffer am.
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Lawrry(m): 8:41am On Jun 04
The App is another option and it's a good one too

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Grace001: 8:41am On Jun 04
Ihatemen:
I hate men

Eyah Nigeria matter don affect this one sanity

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Doradorwa(f): 8:41am On Jun 04
But what about the 50 naira Electronic fee they have been removing after transfer transactions .... They just dey use computer cheat us.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Nuelito: 8:41am On Jun 04
Wahala

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by d1tto(m): 8:41am On Jun 04
If banks owe you guys this much, that means the ussd service doesn't cost you anything to maintain. Just make it free for them make we hear word.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by legallyminded: 8:43am On Jun 04
Ihatemen:
I hate men

You're on every thread claiming to hate men. Please go for counselling to heal your psychological trauma and dilemma before it's too late

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Kingrefreshed: 8:43am On Jun 04
dre11:
…as lenders’ debt hits N47bn



https://www.newtelegraphng.com/ussd-telcos-insist-on-disconnecting-banks/

Worst Bank in Nigeria is Access Bank! They're armed robbers on white collar Shirts.

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by BruncleZuma: 8:43am On Jun 04
grin grin grin grin

Two thieves fighting over their loot...

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Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Powersurge: 8:44am On Jun 04
This rubbish needs to stop.
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Chekwube1989(m): 8:45am On Jun 04
Pls they should disconnect them sharp sharp
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by RisenJoe(m): 8:46am On Jun 04
K
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by MorataFC: 8:46am On Jun 04
I'm less concernd
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by sevo(m): 8:47am On Jun 04
CHANGE!!!!! APC is working...
Re: USSD: Telcos Insist On Disconnecting Banks by Femich18(m): 8:48am On Jun 04
Their problem

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