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Monday, October 26, 2020

MTN, 9mobile get NCC nod for National Roaming Service - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given its nod to two mobile network operators (MNOs) to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months, reports 
ITREALMS.

This trial, ITREALMS gathered had commenced from August 1, 2020 and to end by October 31, 2020.

Confirming this to 
ITREALMS, the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said the two telecoms companies are Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria.

ITREALMS also gathered that with this approval EMTS and MTN are expected to configure their networks 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.

Adinde also quoted the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, as saying that the primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial is to encourage network resource sharing among operators.

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.

“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.

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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