NCC grants MTN, 9 the mobile right to test national roaming services


For Prince Osuagwu, High-tech editor

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted two mobile network operators, MTN and 9mobile, approval to conduct a trial on national roaming services.

Roaming service allows a mobile subscriber to automatically make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or access other services when traveling outside of the coverage of a particular geographic network area using the network coverage of other networks.

Domestic roaming services mean that subscribers in Nigeria can seamlessly make calls in areas of the country that their network operators do not cover because those networks have entered into agreements with other operators that have services in those geographic areas.

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The approval is for three months and will expire at the end of October, because it actually started on August 1.

The approval requires 9mobile and MTN to configure and test their networks for customer experience simulation.

The test covers some local governments, designated as the National Roaming Geographic Area, in Ondo State.

According to NCC Executive Vice President Professor Umar Danbatta, the main objective of the National Roaming Service test is to encourage the sharing of network resources between operators.

He said this will lead to optimization of operational spending (OPEX) and capital spending efficiency (CAPEX) capable of freeing up resources to expand mobile network coverage to underserved and underserved communities across the country.

The move is also expected to lead to better quality of service delivery to subscribers.

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He said: “Successful implementation of the trial will allow 9Mobile subscribers to access MTN network service within the National Roaming test geographic areas without the need for an MTN Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card.”


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