Remote SIM Provisioning for Machine to Machine

What is the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification?

The GSMA’s Embedded SIM Specification provides a single, de-facto standard mechanism for the remote provisioning and management of machine to machine (M2M) connections, allowing the “over the air” provisioning of an initial operator subscription, and the subsequent change of subscription from one operator to another. GSMA Embedded SIM is a vital enabler for Machine to Machine (M2M) connections including the simple and seamless mobile connection of all types of connected machines.

M2M offers a huge market opportunity

Mobile networks are being used to connect all sorts of devices; automated reading of utility meters, intelligent connectivity of cars and commercial vehicles to enable drivers to access navigation, infotainment or breakdown services, traffic lights, home security and assisted living. The number of mobile connected devices is expected to be 10.5 billion by 2020, resulting in a huge new market opportunity, predominantly in the machine to machine (M2M) and consumer electronics sectors. All parties in the M2M ecosystem will struggle if we remain solely dependent upon the traditional SIM card, which is predicated on only associating with one network operator.

This is because changing SIM cards is problematical for many business-to-business (B2B) customers. For the industry, optimising manufacturing process is a key challenge that GSMA Embedded SIM solves by providing a global product for a global manufacturing process with local provisioning when the product is deployed in the field. It also solves the challenge of managing those devices in the field when many M2M devices are remotely located, often hermetically sealed, their after sale location is not known during production and furthermore their product life cycles are lengthy. Many of the interfaces and processes needed to make the remote provisioning of SIMs work are virtually identical to current SIM personalisation processes and interfaces used by mobile operators today.

The latest version of the GSMA specification now includes Profile Interoperability that will simplify the process of connecting M2M devices and enhance the flexibility for how mobile network operators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) do business in the future.

The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has been backed by over twenty operators, two leading M2M Alliances and a host of OEMs. The full array of documents pertaining to the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification can be found below, or alternatively in our resources, along with other Connected Living case studies, documents, reports and guidelines.

The importance of Embedded SIM certification to scale the Internet of Things As a provider of connected devices why should you care about test and certification of Embedded SIM? Because it enables your devices to reach market faster since they do not need...

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Webinar Highlights: Changing of the SIM Card – Are You Ready for Remote SI Remote SIM Provisioning is one of the most exciting technologies in the M2M market and has the potential to accelerate the delivery of millions of connected devices across the g...

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Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICC Technical Specification v3.1 This document provides a technical description of the GSMA’s ‘Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICC’. Download...

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Architecture for Embedded UICC Test Specification v3.1 These test specifications are to be used by test labs to develop test for the principal components and interfaces of the GSMA’s Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UI...

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The GSMA IoT Webinar Series 2016-17 This webinar series explores key initiatives to accelerate the delivery of new connected services and devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics will be explored and discuss...

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Simplifying the adoption of compliant M2M solutions The recent backing of the GSMA Embedded SIM Specification from a large number of global auto manufacturers suggests that it is on the way to becoming the de-facto standard mechan...

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Connected Street Lighting: the next Milestone for Smart Cities Neill Young, Vertical Innovation Lead, GSMA Smart cities are now rapidly coming to life. As urban planners look to the possibilities of the IoT to improve city infrastructure, th...

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Interview: Now for Something Completely Different The Vodafone Group R&D Director explains why the Mobile Internet of Things is about to expand dramatically   Luke Ibbetson, Vodafone Group R&D Director, Chair of GS...

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LPWA: Streamlining Waste Collection (Use Case) Veolia harnesses the Mobile IoT to cut the number of truck journeys made to empty bins   As cities expand and the urban population grows, municipalities need to collect more...

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LPWA: Simplifying the Smart Home (Use Case) Hisense is exploring how the Mobile IoT can give consumers remote control over their appliances   At Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, multinational white goods and e...

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Verizon Launches Industry’s first LTE-M Nationwide IoT Network Last week, Mobile IoT (licensed low power wide area networks) made a significant breakthrough in North America after mobile network operator Verizon confirmed the launch of the f...

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The Mobile IoT Innovators Showcase at Mobile World Congress 2017 The Mobile IoT Innovators Showcase was a competition initiated by the GSMA Internet of Things Programme to enable innovative companies to make their contribution to a connected f...

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Webinar: Deploying Mobile IoT (LPWA) – Ask the Experts April 25, 2017 Register now Mobile IoT (licensed spectrum low power wide area) networks are a high-growth area of the IoT and will play an important role in connecting up billions of new device...

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Digital Societies Policy Forum and GSMA Capacity Building Course May 08, 2017 With support from the Australian Government and other partners, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the GSMA are pleased to host the 3rd Asia-Pacific Digital Soc...

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GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Privacy & Security May 23, 2017   IoT Security Masterclass: Establishing a Flexible Framework to Address Market Diversity Wednesday, 24 May, 11:15 – 12:00 Red Room, Hilton Hotel From connected cars ...

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Mobile World Congress Shanghai June 28, 2017 The Internet of Things will be central to Mobile World Congress Shanghai  – Asia’s biggest mobile event. Bringing together the global mobile industry’s  C-level ...

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