MTN and 9Mobile networks have been duly selected by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the pilot test run for the embedded Subscriber Identification Modules (e-SIM) Service, subject to full compliance with regulatory conditions.
According to NCC, the conditions required for each of them to fulfill include:
Fullc ompliance by the MNOs (Mobile Network Operators), with the Registration of Telecoms Subscribers Regulations 2011. The Mobile Number Portability Regulations and Business Rules 2015. Guidelines on SIM Replacement 2017. Non-degradationof the Quality of Service (QoS) experience by users of e-SIMs.
The disclosure was made by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who stated that the primary objective of the e-SIM trial run is to confirm, as well as, assess the technical performance of the e-SIM on telecoms service providers’ network – prior to rollout.
He further said, “The trial is in line with the Commission’s forward-looking regulatory approach to ensure Nigeria’s telecoms ecosystem is in tandem with global best practices.”
As e-SIM is a small chip that is embedded on a mobile phone or smart devices. It is designed for convenience, flexibility, and simplicity.
The-SIM makes it easier for subscribers to choose a pre-paid plan provider and switch between network operators.
The information on the e-SIM is rewritable by operators and the identification information can be updated over time.
The e-SIM is a technology that will eliminate the need for physical SIM card slots on mobile devices in the near future.