Dutch regulator is first to approve SIM liberalisation: what are the implications for M2M?

26 March 2014
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Matt Hatton
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, internet, things, regulation, SIM, IMSI, liberalisation, liberalization,
Number of Pages: 5

Over the last few months Machina Research has had a number of discussions with various M2M-related organisations about the potential for SIM liberalization (i.e. allowing organisations other than mobile operators, and specifically enterprise customers themselves, to issue SIMs). In March 2014 the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs was the first to announce that it was moving in this direction. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to such a model, and seemingly substantial implications for the structure of the mobile market. The aim of this Research Note is to examine the associated issues and provide our views on this contentious area.

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