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NCC Grants MTN, 9Mobile Roaming Service Trial

Nigerian Communications Commission has granted a trial of national Roaming Service for a while of three months to two telecommunications companies to commence from August 1, 2020, ending on October 31, 2020.

The telecom companies are Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN), Nigeria and Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service Limited (EMTS) which trades as 9Mobile.

With the approval, the companies are to begin test and simulation for customer experience. The trial approval covers a few local governments, designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State.

Roaming Service enables a mobile subscriber to automatically make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or access other services when travelling outside a particular network geographical area by utilising the network coverage of other networks with roaming arrangements to access service. According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial is to encourage network resource sharing among operators.

He said the trial will lead to operational expenditure (OPEX) optimisation and capital expenditure (CAPEX) efficiencies leading to freeing up of resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities across the country, which will lead to improved Quality of Service (QoS) delivery to subscribers.

“The successful implementation of the trial will enable EMTS, subscribers, to access MTN network service within the National Roaming trial geographical area without the need for an MTN Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card,” Danbatta said.

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