Following the recent announcement by Airtel Nigeria, three out of the four mobile network operators in Nigeria are now offering eSIM (embedded SIM) service. The two others are MTN Nigeria and 9mobile, who were the first telecom operators approved by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to commence the trial of the service in 2020.
How to activate an eSIM: To activate an eSIM, you need to first have a compatible phone. Currently, eSIM-enabled phones are still limited. However, a number of the latest devices from the top mobile manufacturers are built with this capability.
The following devices and their new models are eSIM enabled:
* Apple iPhone XS and newer models
* Samsung Galaxy S-series from S20
* Samsung Galaxy Note series from Note 20
* Google Pixel 2 and more recent models
* Samsung Galaxy Z and Galaxy Fold devices
The activation of eSIM on the networks of MTN, 9mobile and Airtel follows a similar pattern:
To activate an eSIM on MTN, you must visit any MTN store. The company’s customer care agents will check your device for eligibility and walk you through the setup process.
For 9mobile, the customer is also expected to walk into select 9Mobile Experience Centres and request an eSIM activation. A QR code will be provided to scan and download an eSIM profile and perform the usual SIM registration.
Airtel also requires you to visit any of its Service Centres where the customer care agents will walk you through the process of setting up your eSIM.
Note that an eSIM also requires a registration like the physical SIM. Also, a subscriber can convert his or her current physical SIM to an eSIM and vice versa.