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NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

NCC says MTN, 9mobile are 3 months into National Roaming Service trial

NCC says MTN and 9mobile roaming services are configured for customer experience

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IT News Nigeria:

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Sunday announced it has granted approval for MTN and 9mobile, two mobile network operators (MNOs), to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months.

However, according to a release signed by NCC’s chief image maker, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the exercise started since August 1, 2020 and to end by October 31, 2020, just a week’sa time.

What did NCC say?

IT NEWS NIGERIA gathered according to the government telecoms watchdog that the two telecoms companies; Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria, the trial approval covers a few local governments, designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State.

With this approval EMTS and MTN are expected to configure their networks to begin test and simulation for customer experience.

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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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.

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He 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.

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“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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