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NCC grants roaming trial approval to two telcos

The Nigerian Communications Commission has granted approval for two mobile network operators to carry out trial on National Roaming Service for a period of three months.

In statement by the NCC Director Public Affairs, Mr Ikechukwu Adinde, the Commission said the trial approval covers a few local governments, designated as the National Roaming geographic area, in Ondo State.

 Roaming Service enables a mobile subscriber to automatically make and receive voice calls, send and receive data, or accesses other services when travelling outside a particular network geographical area by utilizing the network coverage of other networks with roaming arrangements to access service.

 According to the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the primary objective of the National Roaming Service trial is to encourage network resource sharing among operators.

 He said this will lead to operational expenditure optimization and capital expenditure efficiencies leading to freeing up of resources to expand mobile network coverage to unserved and underserved communities across the country.

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