Telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria has on Wednesday commenced a trial of embedded Subscriber Identity Modules (e-SIM) services, making it the first company to launch this in West Africa.
The e-SIM is a virtual sim, an inbuilt chip in a phone which works similarly as the Near Field Communication, NFC chip used by payment technologies. It will also better security and improve better customer service delivery.
The tech giant which noted that the trial is with approval of the Nigerian Communication Commissions (NCC) added that the e-SIM was developed to enhance flexibility, unlike the physical sim cards.
According to MTN, the trial will run for a year and also offered on a first come first serve basis for subscribers.
Speaking, Mazen Mroue, Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria said " We are in a fast-paced digital age with new technological advancements driving the constantly changing landscape.
"Against this backdrop, customers depend on us to provide high quality, reliable, and easy-to-use connectivity solutions.
"With the introduction of the e-SIM, we will offer customers a seamless and distinctive digital experience with new levels of flexibility, simplicity, and convenience.
"This is a further demonstration of our firm commitment to delivering the benefits of a bold new digital world to our customers; and we will continue seeking new ways to provide solutions that address old and new challenges, making life a little easier and brighter," he added.
The MTN official while disclosing that the e-SIM is effective for users who want to separate personal from business profiles for data and manage two lines urged users to register the e-SIM in accordance with existing NCC regulations.