This article has been updated. In very interesting news, Ntel users will soon be able to roam nationwide as the 4G/LTE network after a national roaming field trial arrangement with 9Mobile is completed. This will give Ntel 4G subscribers access to 3G and 2G services via 9mobile’s much better coverage around Nigeria. Yes; it is the surprise of the year, and it sounds great too. We didn’t see this one coming.
According to ntel, the agreement will enable ntel’s customers to make calls on 9Mobile’s network using any 2G or 3G handset within the specified trial zone.
Both operators have gotten the required regulatory approval from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the national roaming trial takes off today 1st of December, 2017 till end of January 2018. If things work out well during the two-month trial period, hopefully subscribers can expect the arrangement to be firmed up.
We asked Ntel executives a few questions about this new national roaming arrangement. The answers are in bold after each question.
- Does this roaming arrangement mean that Ntel subscribers will be able to use 4G services everywhere there is 9mobile coverage? – Yes; once test is completed.
- What tariffs will Ntel subscribers pay when roaming on the 9mobile network? – That will be determined.
- Will 9mobile subscribers be able to use the Ntel 4G network too? – It will be reciprocal once tests are completed.
- What does an Ntel subscriber travelling to say Ilorin need to do on their phone to roam on 9mobile? – Once tests are completed and national roaming is activated an ntel mobile subscriber who arrives ilorin, which is outside ntel core coverage area, would receive a notification message as you do when you roam abroad. The details will be announced.
Subscribers will have to wait till February 2018 to be able to enjoy this service.
Ntel runs an advanced mobile 4G/LTE network on the 900/1800 Mhz frequency bands to offer subscribers data, voice, and video services. The operator commenced commercial operations on Friday April 8, 2016.