So, couple days ago MTN announced it is introducing its virtual SIM technology simply called eSim cards in Nigeria which will provide the same functionalities as physical SIM cards while creating ease and eventual solution with handling many physical cards.
With eSim cards now available for mobile, Sim cards have undergone a 360-degree transformation. In this part of the world where telcos have moved from macro sims to micro, and nano sims, eSim cards is the next generation of SIM card evolution.
But many subscribers will be forgiven for not having any clue on the new innovation
We get so many public releases in the world of tech you might actually be swept off your feet ignoring the tiny announcements.
That won’t be the case anymore as we would go through every little facet about the new MTN eSim tech you need to know
What is the MTN e-SIM card tech about?
Basically, the e-SIM card technology represents the next step in the evolution of Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM cards), and designed to deliver unprecedented freedom and flexibility.
Unlike the physical SIMs, the virtual sim is built into the device(smartphone, wearables) and therefore cannot be lost or damaged by the owner. If the mobile device gets lost or damaged however, the user will need to visit an MTN store to have it deactivated.
They also support multiple profiles and allow customers to connect multiple numbers to their e-SIM devices especially if they are frequent travellers who need to use different sim cards in different countries.
This means, no more switching between different network operators, with the MTN e-SIM, you’re good to go.
How MTN e-SIM cards work
First things first, to use MTN eSim cards, it has to be first activated on your phone.
As with every banking app recently, this is a cautious move to limit the occurance of data and finance theft. By ensuing on the device locked in to the e-SIM cards only have access to its functioning.
According to MTN, activation of the MTN eSim has to be done in an MTN store by a customer care agent. The process is done at no cost to the subscriber too.
Once the device is certified compatible with the eSim, an account profile is created for the subscriber and the agents complete the integration process with the user. Once the integration is completed, a customer will find that using the virtual card is basically the same as using the current sim.
However, there’s a new catch right here which is more or less a welcome addition…
While physical sim cards can store up to 200 contacts, MTN has announced that its eSim cards can store more than 200 contacts.
This is pretty much a good move but a case of doing the right thing at the half-right time. While subscribers have resorted long ago to store contacts on their Google accounts, users who feel the need to keep check of how much their data is used against them might find this helpful.
However, current phone numbers cannot be linked to the eSim cards at the moment.
How to activate MTN e-SIM cards on my device?
Second thing after understanding how the new tech thing works is to check for the eligibility of the new tech for your device.
You’ll need to visit any of our MTN stores. Our customer care agents will check your device for eligibility and walk you through the setup process.
As with many network providers and their data offerings these days, virtual sim cards are not available for everyone yet, as only a few phones are currently compatible and can be integrated with it. Only certain brands of Google, Apple and Samsung phones can have eSims integrated into them.
For now, MTN states that the few compatible Google phones are Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. For Apple you have iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. The Samsung S20 series are also compatible with eSim cards.
Talk about prioritising the flagships first…
How the introduction of MTN e-SIM cards could benefit you
Notwithstanding the sophistication of e-SIMs, the onboarding requirements are the same as are required for a physical SIM. Hence, SIM registration in line with existing regulatory prescriptions remains a requirement for activating a device embedded with an e-SIM.
MTN e-SIMs are particularly useful for people who want to manage personal and business lines easily and effectively or want a separate profile for data.
The new technology will also be extremely convenient for frequent travelers and tourists, making it easier for them to opt for and keep a local subscription when visiting Nigeria.
The trial which kicked-off couple days ago 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.
No doubt MTN is spearheading e-SIM adoption in Nigeria as part of efforts to enable the African digital economy. The feedbacks for the next year will be quite important too moving forward.
MTN Bumps its Night Plan Data limit, fair 2GB usage now applies
MTN Nigeria has again reviewed its data plan offerings for about the infinite time this year but this time it is all about their night plan subscription.
Having caused a stir earlier in the year with the reduction in the amount of browsing data it offers subscribers; from a NGN25 charge for 500MB to half of that; they seem to be doing so again but all for the good reasons this time. This resulted in users using multiple SIM cards to get through a single night subscription.
However, the new change means users can now accumulate and use a maximum of 2GB for the night without switching SIMs anymore.Before you can access all the crippled night plan though you have to be not only an MTN subscriber but also on their MTN pulse plan.
No stress talks just follow the image below and you’re in
PS: The above step will attract a charge if you have moved plan in the last 30 days, say from BetaTalk to PulseThat been said,
How to Subscribe to MTN 2GB Night Plan Data
MTN Pulse nightlife plan as we all know offers some pretty decent data plan which are
500MB for N50 and 250MB for N25.Some of the changes to the new review includes a change to the night plan timing.
Unlike the old timing which ensures you get to the use the data from 12:00AM to 5:00AM each night, MTN new Night Plan can now be activated from 11:00PM and will expire at 6:00PM.Also, subscribers can now use a total of 2GB data every night on the MTN nightlife plan for any MTN SIM registered on MTN pulse.
This means, instead of the single 500MB and 250MB data subscription which can be done twice and four times respectively, you can now subscribe to the 500MB plan four times, which is a total of 2GB for N200, while you can subscribe to the 250MB eight times which will also give a total of 2GB for N200 as well.
To activate and use MTN night plan on MTN pulseStep 1: Dial *406# (Select 1 to migrate to MTN Pulse)
Step 2: After migration, select the 3rd option and chose any subscription of choice
Step 3: To check your data balance, dial *131*4# on your MTN SIM
Step 4: Repeat the entire process above until you amass up to 2GB for the night
MTN and Ericsson partner to launch 5G Network Connection to South African Cities
MTN South Africa have today announced the availability of its 5G commercial offering using Ericsson products in the cities of Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
This latest development coming after Telma Madagascar powered by also Ericsson to switch on its 5G commercial network to offer subscribers high-speed services enabled by the new generation of mobile connectivity.
Hol’up, we thought 5G causes Coronavirus??!
MTN previously upgraded to Evolved Packet Core (EPC) by Ericsson which enabled MTN to launch 5G services based on new radio (NR) non-standalone (NSA) while paving the way for a smooth evolution into NR Standalone and 5G Core (5GC) in future.
Under the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Ericsson committed to provide MTN with radio access network equipment from its Ericsson Radio System portfolio, which enable 5G services on both low- and mid-band. Ericsson’s solutions to MTN also includes the award-winning Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.
The President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Fadi Pharaon, says: “Today’s event means that the 5G era in South Africa is becoming a reality. Soon, South Africans will be able to experience 5G in their daily lives and witness its positive impact on society and industry. We have a rich history of working in close partnership with MTN and now we are going live with 5G in South Africa.
With many live commercial 5G networks across the globe, we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with MTN, jointly leading and driving innovation to ensure the digitalization of Africa.”
And no doubt this has been the major headache in Africa with Health sector all having challenges communicating and managing the rising Covid-19 cases especially as a time when video conferencing seems to be the norm.
What to expect…
Two key 5G use cases for the Madagascar market are enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA).
With greater capacity, higher data speeds and reduced latency, 5G will power new experiences for Telma customers, from gaming and entertainment services, to IoT and business applications. Healthcare and education are areas that will deeply benefit from this technology.
Ericsson Spectrum Sharing will enable MTN to quickly launch 5G services over a wide area and successively expand 5G coverage in a tailored way by re-using existing network infrastructure and taking advantage of previous spectrum investments.
MTN can therefore provide 5G commercial services and move towards Standalone (SA) 5G without the need for blanket costly re-investment. Industries such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing can leverage 5G capabilities to accelerate digital transformation and deploy advanced automation technologies.
What next for 5G in other African Countries?
Ericsson currently has 95 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, of which 55 are publicly announced 5G deals, including 43 live 5G networks on five continents.
Public view of the Fifth Generation Tech has been so much distorted in Africa with conspiracy theories relating it to the Covid-19 pandemic doing nothing to quell the fears and misunderstanding.
However, the introduction of the network in major Africa countries will go a long way to either proving the doubters wrong and hopefully correcting any wrong perspective of the Next-Gen tech.