6 July 2016

IoT Forum: Embedded SIM (eSIM)

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KPMG 3975 Freedom Circle Drive
Santa Clara

Spirent's Dejan Rasuo is participating in a Telecom Council Roundtable discussion on the topic of IoT Embedded SIM (eSIM) in Santa Clara.

eSIM has long been desired by the equipment manufacturers, in particular those focused on M2M and IoT. The reason is, with a programmable SIM card, the same SKU of hardware can be shipped to many different regions, and can then be connected to any of the local operators without requiring human intervention to install a SIM card. And even with the advent of micro and nano SIMs, they still take up more space than an eSIM. The removable mechanism, access door, and tray alone take up incremental space in the smallest mobile devices.

As such, we are finally starting to see eSIM take off. Why has this change taken so long? It's largely a matter of control – once SIM cards are programmable, they have to be able to work on any carrier. This eliminates the ability to SIM-lock a device to a particular carrier's network, eliminating that level of forced loyalty. But carriers are starting to see the advantages they can extract from eSIM – it will help open up the new opportunity in cellular-connected IoT devices. Consider this: if it's too difficult to connect an IoT device to cellular, then they will increasingly be connected to Wi-Fi or other local (and free) networks. Carriers understand that if cellular is to play a large role in IoT, it needs to offer eSIM.

Join Telecom Council members, telcos, vendors, startups, and VCs at this event to learn about the technology behind eSIM, the providers, the opportunities it creates, and its role in IoT.

Click here to learn more about IoT Forum.

You can also learn more about eSIM by downloading Spirent's eBook, SIM Without the Card.