MTN eSIM Trial: Everything You Should Know

MTN eSIM service was launched on Wednesday in Nigeria, which is the first in West Africa. The same day, the mobile operator commenced the trial of e-SIM services on its network based on approvals received from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The telecom company said the e-SIM would lead to digital transformation, foster inclusion, improve customer experience and maintain the highest quality of service for its customers.


All You Need To know About The MTN eSIM Trial

Below are important things you should know about the technology.

a. The MTN eSIM trial started on Wednesday and it is expected to run for a whole year.

b. The eSIMs are designed to deliver unprecedented freedom and flexibility. Unlike the physical SIMs, e-SIMs are built into smartphones, devices and wearables. They support multiple profiles and allow customers to connect multiple numbers to their e-SIM devices.

c. Despite the sophistication of eSIMs, the onboarding requirements are the same as are required for a physical SIM. Hence, SIM registration in line with existing regulatory prescriptions remains a requirement for activating a device embedded with an e-SIM.

d. eSIMs are particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines easily and effectively or want a separate profile for data.

h.  The new technology will also be extremely convenient for frequent travellers and tourists, making it easier for them to opt for and keep a local subscription when visiting Nigeria.

i. The trial is open on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers who own compatible devices. Below are the compatible devices FOR NOW.

Brand Compatible Phones
Google Pixel 3, 3 XL
Pixel 4, 4 XL
Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS, XS Max
iPhone XR
Samsung Samsung S20 Series

j. The e-SIM will also offer customers a seamless and distinctive digital experience with new levels of flexibility, simplicity and convenience.

k.  MTN spearheads e-SIM adoption in Nigeria as part of efforts to enable the digital economy.

l. For all MTN mobile subscribers who own e-SIM compatible devices, setting up an e-SIM profile with a new or existing mobile plan is quick and easy. All it takes is a visit to an MTN service centre where frontline staff will help in registration and onboarding at no cost.


m. Soon, e-SIM users will also be able to link multiple compatible devices and smart wearables such as tablets, smartwatches etc to their profile.

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