The trial National Roaming Service license granted two telecoms companies, Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will come to an end by October 31, 2020.
The three-month roaming trial, which commenced in August 1, 2020, allowed EMTS and MTN to configure their networks to begin test and simulation for customer experience. The trial approval covered 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 travelling 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, Prof. 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.
In his words: “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.”
The trial will pave way for an all-operator roaming agreement that will enable at mobile operators save money and afford their subscribers unrestricted access to peers across the country, regardless of their network.