MTN Nigeria, 9Mobile get NCC approval to share infrastructure on roaming services
By Samuel Bankole
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Sunday said it has granted approval for both MTN Nigeria and 9Mobile to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months, commencing from August 1, 2020, and to end by October 31, 2020.
The telecoms industry regulator in a statement signed by its director of public affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde said the approval for the two mobile network operators (MNOs) EMTS and MTN are expected to configure their networks to begin test and simulation for customer experience.
The trial approval, the NCC said 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 traveling outside a particular network geographical area by utilising the network coverage of other networks with roaming arrangements to access service.
According to the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Umar Garba Danbatta, 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.