EMBEDDED SIMS ARE HELPING OEMS MANAGE THEIR DEVICES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS REMOTELY THROUGHTOUT ITS ENTIRE LIFECYCLE
An eUICC, also known as embedded SIM, is a secure element that allows you to remotely manage your customer’s mobile subscriptions. It is compliant with the new GSMA standard that allows to host subscriptions of different mobile operators during their entire lifecycle and comes in different form factors to support a variety of eSIM strategies. It can be plugged in or soldered into a device, bringing ruggedness and flexibility to OEMs to create their devices in a small and compact size if needed – offering necessary connectivity and security.
While SIM cards have been tested for decades, it was clear that with the advantage of the digital transformation and Internet of Things (IoT), OEMs and MNOs would need a less power-hungry product that didn’t need to be physically replaced every time a subscription update is needed. A secure element also prevents the SIM card from being used for other purposes not originally intended.
Embedded SIMs have opened up a variety of opportunities to key players within the market.
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What are the benefits of an eSIM solution ?
Customers have the ability to remotely activate the SIM and load a new MNO profile, without needing to remove it from the device to which it is already connected. This ability is the “holy grail” for device maker designers since one single eSIM component can be embedded into the device regardless the country of destination. The eSIM solution was born to cover the widest geographical scope possible for makers to reduce SKUs management to the minimum.
No more commercial restrictions for end users
Eliminates the need for a single contract with an MNO service. In some cases, the life cycle of a device can extended as the ability to switch operators (MNOs) gives device manufacturers and service providers freedom of choice and a powerful cost control tool.
Compliance with new regulations
Since the eSIM solution was born to cover the widest geographical scope possible with one single SKU, it has also to comply with the local regulations of different countries. Since permanent roaming is not allow in some countries the geographical scope of traditional SIMs is very limited. It is not the case of the eSIM solution where GSMA specifications were defined to comply with the existing regulations to maximize geographical scope usage.
Ready for cybersecurity
A secure element is capable of securely hosting applications and user data information with encryption technology in accordance with rules and security requirements.
eSIMs are the solution to cover a broader geographical scope with one single product
With big technology companies implementing eSIMs in their devices and smartphones, Google, Apple, Motorola and Samsung are boosting this trend with eSIM enabled smartphones reaching 500 million in 2024, according to ABI Research.
With 2 billion eSIM devices delivered worldwide in 2025, the need for a subscription management solution is more than necessary. The industry needs to manage all connected devices remotely in order to upgrade security features, data information, and subscription details, hence requiring a comprehensive eSIM and subscription management strategy.
To know more about the entire eSIM ecosystem and its different versions please visit GSMA Web site.