The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted approval for two mobile network operators (MNOs) to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months, commencing from August 1, 2020 and ending by October 31, 2020.
The two telecoms companies are Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria.
According to NCC Director, Public Affairs, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said the EMTs and MTN are expected to configure their network to begin testing and simulation for customer experience.
National Roaming Services“The trial approval covers a few Local Government Areas (LGAs), designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State,” he said.
Roaming Service will enable a mobile subscriber to automatically make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or access other services when traveling outside a particular network geographical area by utilizing the network coverage of other operators.
He quoted NCC Executive Vice Chairperson, Umar Danbatta, saying that “the primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial was to encourage network resource sharing among operators.”
“This will lead to operational expenditure (OPEX) optimization and capital expenditure (CAPEX) efficiencies leading to freeing up of resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities across the country.
“This will lead to improved Quality of Service (QoS) delivery to subscribers.