With the receipt of a regulatory approval from telecommunications regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and subsequent alignment of its facility/equipment, ntel has announced a national roaming field trial with 9Mobile, formerly Etisalat.
The trial, which will run on both networks over a period of one month, from December 1, 2017, will enable ntel’s customers to make calls on 9Mobile’s network using any 2G or 3G handset within the specified trial zone.
At the successful conclusion of the test, ntel subscribers will be able to use their phones for calls and data from any part of the country.
According to ntel’s Chief Executive Officer Ernest Akinlola, the agreement with 9Mobile is a significant step in the right direction for the company and the telecommunications eco system. In his words: “A full national roaming agreement with 9Mobile would provide our growing customer base with a seamless service over 4G/LTE superfast data and voice clarity as well as ubiquitous 3G and 2G coverage nationwide. Both operators are pioneers in innovation and we are pleased to be charting a new path for the industry.”
ntel prides itself as Nigeria’s most advanced mobile 4G/LTE network, providing superfast Internet access that enables high-definition voice, data and video services. With its range of services spanning National Bandwidth; International Voice Termination, International Bandwidth; Mobile and Fixed Communications services, the company made its first on-net test data call in Lagos in January 2016 then followed this up with its first on-net Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call also in Lagos in February 2016 while full commercial operations commenced in April 2016.