The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has approved two mobile network operators (MTN, and 9mobile) to carry out a trial on National Roaming Service for three months, beginning from August 1 and ending on October 31.
According to NCC Director, Public Affairs said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Mr. Adinde named the two telecoms operators as Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria and the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Service Limited (EMTS), trading as 9Mobile in Nigeria.
He said that with the approval, the EMTs and MTN are expected to configure their networks to begin test and simulation for customer experience.
â€œThe trial approval covers a few Local Government Areas (LGAs), designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State,â€ he said.
Roaming Service will enable a mobile subscriber to automatically make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or access other services when traveling outside a particular network geographical area by utilizing the network coverage of other operators.
He quoted NCC Executive Vice Chairperson, Umar Danbatta, saying that â€œthe primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial was to encourage network resource sharing among operators.â€
â€œThis will lead to operational expenditure (OPEX) optimization and capital expenditure (CAPEX) efficiencies leading to freeing up of resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities across the country.
â€œThis will lead to improved Quality of Service (QoS) delivery to subscribers.