The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has granted two mobile network operators, MTN and 9mobile, the approval to carry out trials on National roaming services.
The approval which commenced August 1 and slated for three months would expire at the end of October.
The approval required 9mobile and MTN to configure and test their networks towards simulation for customer experience.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the trial covers a few local governments, designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State.
According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial is to encourage network resource sharing among operators.
This, he said, would lead to operational expenditure, OPEX, optimisation and capital expenditure, CAPEX, efficiencies capable of freeing up resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities across the country.
The measure is also expected to lead to improved Quality of Service delivery to subscribers.
He said: “The successful implementation of the trial will enable 9Mobile subscribers to access MTN network service within the National Roaming trial geographical areas without the need for an MTN Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card.”