Hi-Tech Editor MTN Nigeria Plc, on Wednesday, began the trial of embedded Subscriber Identity Modules, e-SIM, services on its network, making it the first to do so in West Africa.

e-SIM is basically a small chip inside the phone which does not require physical SIM cards or swapping.

It enables the phone work in a similar way to the Near Field Communication, NFC, chip that is used for payment technologies. MTN said the service is based on approvals received from the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.

The technology, commonly described as the next step in the evolution of SIMs, is designed to deliver unprecedented freedom and flexibility.

Unlike the physical SIMs, e-SIMs are built into smartphones, devices and wearables.

They support multiple profiles and allow customers to connect multiple numbers to the devices they are deployed in.

According to MTN, the trial which kicked-off today (Wednesday) will run for one year and is open on a first come first served basis to a limited number of subscribers, who own compatible devices.

Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mazen Mroue, said the company was eager to get through the trial process so that the technology can be deployed for the benefit of every Nigerian.

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