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GSMA-Led Task Force Defines Market Requirements for a Standardised Embedded SIM

BARCELONA, Spain Feb. 14, 2011 February 2011

Alex Sinclair

The embedded SIM is based on a set of requirements that will allow the remote management of operator credentials on a SIM card. This means that SIMs in embedded devices, which in most cases can’t be removed, can be securely updated with operator credentials up to and even after the point of sale, and will also allow the secure re-provisioning of alternative operators during its lifespan. The embedded SIM will be used in addition to existing SIMs rather than replace them, and traditional SIM-supported devices will continue to work on operator networks. The embedded SIM will also be based on already standardised SIM form factors and will remain as a ‘physical entity’, with the enhanced security that a physical implementation provides.

Besides the standardisation work within ETSI, efforts will continue by the task force to ensure that the embedded SIM will provide the essential trust and security relationships necessary to protect the data provided by all parties in the value chain.

In addition to driving momentum for a range of new and exciting connected devices, the embedded SIM will also encourage the development of new machine-to-machine (M2M) services by making it easier to bring mobile broadband connectivity to non-traditional devices such as cameras, music players, e-readers, in-car systems, health monitors and smart meters. Devices featuring the new SIM activation capability are expected to appear in 2012.

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.


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