Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos will on September 25, hear a suit filed by mobile telecommunications service provider, Etisalat against the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) over alleged undue advantage given to one of its competitor, Mobile Telephone Network (MTN).
Justice Idris also struck out an application by MTN challenging the hearing on the matter during the on-going vacation of the federal high court.
MTN, through its lawyer, Olasupo Sashore (SAN), had filed a motion to contest the urgency of the matter, and argued that there was really no need for the matter to be heard during the court’s vacation.
Etisalat had gone before the court to seek a judicial review of the decision of NCC, allowing 30 per cent differential between MTN’s off-net and on-net retail mobile voice tariffs.
According to Etisalat, with the said 30 per cent differential between its off-net and on-net retail mobile voice tariffs, MTN had been able to create what is called a “calling club,” an example of which is its ‘Family and Friends’ promo.