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NCC okays MTN and 9Mobile for e-SIM trial 1 week after granting them National Roaming Service

NCC has approved MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile to carry out trial on 5,000 e-SIMs in Nigeria

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)  has said it has granted approval for MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile to carry out a trial on e-SIM service in Nigeria, a week after endorsing same operators for National Roaming Service.

What did NCC say?

According to a statement signed Monday by Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the trial, approved to run for a period of one year, will involve testing 5,000 e-SIMs by the two networks, subject to compliance with a number of regulatory conditions.

The Commission noted that these conditions include full compliance by the MNOs with the Registration of Telecoms Subscribers Regulations 2011; the Mobile Number Portability Regulations and Business Rules 2015; Guidelines on SIM Replacement 2017; and non-degradation of the Quality of Service (QoS) experience by users of e-SIMs.

Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta,is quoted as saying that the primary objective of the e-SIM trial is to assess the technical performance of the e-SIM on telecoms service providers’ network towards eventual rollout, if satisfactory.

An e-SIM is a small chip that is embedded on a mobile phone or smart devices. It is designed for convenience, flexibility and simplicity. The e-SIM makes it easier for subscribers to choose a pre-paid plan provider and switch between network operators.

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The information on the e-SIM is rewritable by operators and the identification information can be updated over time.

According to the EVC, the e-SIMs is a technology that will eliminate the need for physical SIM card slots on mobile devices in the near future, adding that the trial is in line with the Commission’s forward-looking regulatory approach to ensure Nigeria’s telecoms ecosystem is in tandem with global best practices.

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Barely a week ago, NCC also  announced it has granted approval for MTN and 9mobile to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months. It added that the exercise started since August 1, 2020 and to end by October 31, 2020, just a week’sa time.

IT NEWS NIGERIA gathered that 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.

See also: NCC vows to promote vigorous ICT Infrastructure

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