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9Mobile, MTN to Begin National Roaming Service

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval to Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria, and Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS) for a trial on national roaming service.
In a statement on Sunday, the NCC said the two companies will carry out trial on national roaming service for a period of three months, commencing from August 1 to October 31, 2020.
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.

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Ikechukwu Adinde, the director of public affairs for NCC, made this known in a statement.
According to the statement, Umar Danbatta, NCC vice chair, noted that 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.
“With this approval EMTS and MTN are expected to configure their networks to begin test and simulation for customer experience,” NCC said.
“The trial approval covers a few local governments, designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State.

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“According to the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial is to encourage network resource sharing among operators.”
The statement noted that the NCC boss said this 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.

Abimbola Agboluaje

Abimbola is Managing Director of WNT Capitas . He consults on strategic communications and investment risk.

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