MTN Nigeria and Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (9mobile) plan to seek regulatory permission to roll out national roaming on their respective mobile networks, 9Mobile CEO Alan Sinfield told The Africa Report. The decision follows a trial of national roaming between the two companies in Ondo State. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) approved the trial between market leader MTN and second-placed 9mobile last year, stating that the tests could 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 was to encourage network resource sharing among operators. He said this would 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 last year.