The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is set for a review of three months’ trial of National Roaming Service granted two mobile network operators (MNOs), MTN and 9mobile as the approval ends by the end of October.
The approval, it would be recalled, was granted for a period of three months, commencing from August 1, 2020 and to end by October 31, 2020.
A statement by the Commission stated that the two telecoms companies are Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria.
‘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,” the NCC said.
Quoting the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the statement issued by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, reads; “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 statement added.
“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.