eUICC will enable IoT and a new age of MNO competition

04 April 2017
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Godfrey Chua
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, eSIM, eUICC, SIM
Companies: Apple, AT&T, Etisalat, GSMA, Gemalto, G&D, Jasper/Cisco, NTT Docomo, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor Connexion, Vodafone, Oberthur Technologies, Safran Morpho, Sierra Wireless, Telit
Number of Pages: 8

The embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) is a technology that has been touted by the industry for the last couple of years. The key value proposition for the technology is straightforward – remote provisioning and management capabilities deliver a simpler and more flexible means with which MNOs can deploy services (including effectively addressing regulatory issues) and for customers, it ultimately implies a lower cost to procure those services. The value proposition has been strong enough that a number of companies have delivered pre-standard solutions. Amongst these efforts, a strong industry coalition has emerged around the GSMA initiative in the last two years that is promising to bring the all-important commercial success (signed contracts), specifically in IoT, that has been anticipated with eUICC. This Research Note examines the potential impact of GSMA eUICC initiative on the MNO pursuit of IoT as well as the new global competitive dynamic it will unleash.

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