Airtel Nigeria, a telecommunications services provider, has introduced eSIM (embedded SIM), a digital SIM that allows customers to access the same services as someone using a physical SIM. With this, the telecom operator joins MTN and 9mobile in offering the service. The new technology benefits frequent travelers and tourists by making it simple for them to choose and maintain a local subscription when visiting Nigeria.
Airtel stated that it had developed a simple and seamless process for all its customers to activate the eSIM service. It believes the digital SIM will considerably increase Nigerian productivity, assisting its stakeholders to reach personal and professional goals.
Airtel stated that the eSIM service is now available on its network. Customers who want to switch from physical SIM cards to eSIMs must have a compatible device, get the necessary QR code, and be directed through the SIM Swap process by Airtel service staff.
The eSIM has various advantages over traditional SIM cards, including being easy to set up online, environmentally friendly, plastic-free/zero carbon emission, and providing an extra easy line because you can use two numbers without having two phones/handsets. Travellers, tourists, and consumers relocating to different countries can effortlessly switch carriers from country to country using eSIM, eliminating the need for a new device, another SIM card, or roaming their lines.
Local clients can also migrate from one cell carrier to another for better bargaining or network coverage in a region. This means spending less time interacting with carriers and obtaining and waiting for a new SIM card; all of this can be done from your phone’s settings.
In other news, The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) approved MTN and 9mobile to conduct an eSIM trial in 2020. The study was set to last a year and entail the two networks testing 5,000 e-SIMs subject to regulatory compliance. The two companies have subsequently fully launched the service, which allows consumers with compatible phones to do away with actual SIM cards.