MTN Nigeria Debuts eSIM Trial in West Africa


MTN Nigeria is the first to debut embedded Subscriber Identity Modules (e-SIM) trial in west africa. MTN will run e-SIM trial for one year; it’s hospitable a limited number of subscribers with compatible devices.

An e-SIMis atiny low chip that’s embedded on a transportable or smart device. it’s designed for convenience, flexibility and ease. The compatible mobile devices include Google (Pixel 3, 3XL, Pixel 4, 4XL), Apple (iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, XS Max, iPhone XR), and Samsung S20 Series. Subscribers with compatible devices will should register and activate thee-SIMfor the duration of the trial.


MTN launched e-SIM for users inSouth Africaand Uganda, last year. In Nigeria, MTN conducted 5G trials across Abuja, Calabar and Lagos states. The trail in Abuja was powered by Huawei, Calabar by ZTE, and Lagos by Ericsson. With the increase of 5G networks, there’ll be big changes in mobile and internet connectivity.

The e-SIM makes it easier for subscribers to decide on a prepaid plan provider, the data on the e-SIM is rewritable by operators and therefore the identification information will be updated over time.

e-SIMS will eliminate the requirement for SIM card slots on mobile devices with time. Although the compatible devices are expensive,e-SIMprovides better user experience, especially fortravelers. it should be a long time before the complete potential of e-SIM is realized but it’s an exciting innovation that’s particularly useful for business owners.


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