EMBEDDED SIM SERVICES, e-SIM, TRIAL on MTN Nigeria network, has commenced in the country.  It is a drive to lead digital transformation, and to improve customer experience and quality service, according to the service provider. At a virtual media launch of the e-SIM, Wednesday, the telecom company said it has received approval from Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC for the trial.  

Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria, said the trial kicked-off, Wednesday.  It would run for one year, and open to limited number of subscribers, who own compatible devices, and would be on first-come-first-serve basis.

The e-SIMs are designed, according to Adekanmbi, to deliver “freedom and flexibility”. They support multiple profiles and allow customers to connect multiple numbers to their devices. The new technology would be useful for frequent travellers and tourists. It makes it easier for them to opt for and keep a local subscription when visiting Nigeria.

Quite different from physical SIMs, e-SIMs are built into smartphones, devices and wearable. The sophistication of e-SIMs, notwithstanding, MTN Nigeria said the on-boarding requirements would remain the same as are required for a physical SIM.  SIM registration, in line with existing government regulation remains a requirement for activating a device embedded with an e-SIM.

Mazen Mroue, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, said the telecom company was eager to get through with the trial process.  It would enable the technology be deployed for the benefit of every Nigeria.