The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed its approval for MTN Nigeria and Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service (9mobile) to carry out a trial of national roaming. The tests can be conducted for a period of three months, from 1 August to 31 October 2020, in a few local governments, designated as the ‘National Roaming geographic area’, in Ondo State.
According to the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Garba Danbatta, the primary objective of the national roaming trial is to encourage network resource sharing among operators. He said this will lead to operational expenditure optimisation and capital expenditure efficiencies, thereby freeing up resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities across the country, which will result in improved quality of service delivery to subscribers. ‘The successful implementation of the trial will enable 9mobile subscribers to access MTN network service within the National Roaming trial geographical area without the need for an MTN SIM card,’ Danbatta said.