Finding the True eSIM Among the Pretenders
Global solutions, whether across an organization or for device manufacturers and OEMs, have been challenging due to traditional SIMs.
The components of a traditional SIM are carrier-specific, requiring different SIMs for every carrier supporting an IoT service. They also require physical replacement any time an enterprise wants to change carriers or networks. The carrier lock-in and hard swap requirements are ultimately costly to a business because they prevent companies from globalizing services or updating services to align with changing business needs.
Embedded SIM technology (eSIM) removes these barriers so companies can run their IoT programs with more flexibility and efficiency. It also makes it easier for more companies to enter the IoT ecosystem. eSIM achieves this by enabling global coverage right out of the box and providing remote over-the-air (OTA) provisioning techniques to activate connectivity or reconfigure services. This flexibility avoids the cost and complexity of managing multiple carriers and multiple SIMs on a global scale and eliminates the hard swap requirements.
More and more carriers are opening their networks to eSIM-based services. They’ve set the stage in the consumer smartphone market, around 200 mobile operators have already launched commercial eSIM services. Looking to the future, 90 percent of operators plan to offer eSIM service by 2025. Carrier participation in eSIM for enterprise IoT is newer but has taken hold and supports global connectivity. Participation will continue to grow and expand as it has for consumer applications. Many carriers are also operating low power wide area (LPWA) networks that are engineered for IoT communications in machine-to-machine (M2M) contexts that characterize many business and enterprise applications. Two technologies of particular importance, LTE-M, and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), are designed for infrequent transmissions of small packets of data, which is typical in M2M.
In KORE‘s eBook you will learn how to spot the true eSIM among the pretenders so you can get the benefits of zero-touch provisioning and global reach in a single, powerful technology.