eSIM chips for M2M and IoT
The M2M market – more widely known as the Internet of Things – is growing at an almost exponential rate.
Gartner Group sees the number of IoT-connected devices at more than 6.4 billion, growing at 30 percent year on year. By 2020, the analyst firm predicts that there will be 21 billion IoT-connected products, from industrial devices to household goods, from cars to clothes.
The key challenge with any IoT device is, naturally, to connect it to a network and to keep it connected, in the most flexible, adaptable and manageable way. And this challenge is heightened when connecting by way of a traditional M2M SIM card. These require manufacturing resource – both time and money – to integrate into devices. They then require additional resource when they need to be upgraded, changed or replaced. It’s something which has to be done by hand, SIM-by-SIM.
The emerging solution to these challenges is the eSIM chip: a fixed SIM which, once embedded, is there for the entirety of the product lifecycle. It can be programmed – and, more importantly, reprogrammed – whenever and however required, completely remotely.
eSIM chips for consumers
Various handset manufacturers are shipping phones that have the capability of downloading new mobile service over the air. But this is based on a non-standarised technology called SoftSIM. SoftSIMs’ security is open to question and, as a result, few MNOs are providing profiles for such phones. The GSMA have now completed a standard consumer eSIM specification – which Cloud 9 adheres to on every level –that provides the relevant security and, as a result, we are seeing new watches, tablets and laptops appearing on the market with built-in, properly secure eSIMs. The GSMA also have implemented a Discovery Server on which MNOs can ‘advertise’ their profiles. This permits a consumer to purchase a suitable mobile service for a specific country.
Why Cloud 9?
Cloud 9 handles every aspect of designing, embedding and managing eSIMs which, to quote McKinsey & Partners are “a game changer in mobile telecommunications.” We make the deployment of eSIM chip profiles a straightforward, accountable and remotely-managed process no matter what sort of connectivity, location or travel requirements a device might have. And Cloud 9’s eSIM solutions are the first and only in the world to be accredited as fully compliant with GSMA 3.1.
From a hardware perspective, Cloud 9 partners many of the world’s eSIM chip manufacturers. These include ST Micro, a global semiconductor company with net revenues of US$ 6.97 billion and a pioneer in both the Internet of Things and Smart Driving arenas. Another key eSIM partner is Valid, a 6000-employee, 60-year old technology provider specialising in payment, identity and digital certification.
Cloud 9 are in a unique position of being able to a complete turnkey eSIM solution. Alternatively, for organisations wanting to purchase chips directly from an eSIM manufacturer, Cloud 9 is flexible in overlaying one or more of the eSIM services.
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