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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GSMA Mobile IoT Initiative Takes off with Multiple Commerical Network Launches A AT&T, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon and Vodafone Launch Mobile IoT (LPWA) Networks Shanghai: The GSMA today announced that its Mobile I...

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The New IoT Technology Integral to China’s Smart City Vision Svetlana Grant, Project Director IoT Networks, Internet of Things Programme, GSMA China’s cities are about to undergo a fundamental transformation. Within the next year, the c...

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LPWA: Logistics Goes Granular (Use Case) Companies can gather very detailed information about remote assets using a Mobile IoT solution developed by Xirgo Technologies   To make supply chains as efficient as possib...

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Vodafone Prepare for Global Deployment of NB-IoT Earlier this year,  Vodafone deployed their first commercial NB-IoT service, via a remote software upgrade of over 1,000 existing 4G base stations in six major cities in Spain. ...

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Exploring China’s IoT The 4th Global Mobile IoT Summit and GSMA Innovation City at Mobile World Congress Shanghai (June 2017) to provide insight into emerging mobile-enabled IoT technology China is on...

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AT&T & China Telecom announce nationwide deployments of Mobile IoT AT&T and China Telecom are the latest mobile network operators to demonstrate the growing trend towards licensed spectrum low power wide area (LPWA) networks, both having bee...

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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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IoT Summit at MWC Shanghai 2017 June 29, 2017 With 27 bn connected devices forecast by 2025, including 6bn in China, mobile technology is playing an increasingly crucial role in the Internet of Things (IoT) – securely ...

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IDE Drone Forum June 30, 2017 The UAV market is scaling rapidly and delivering enriched services in the process. The wealth of new applications of this new technology and the role operator can play will be di...

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GSMA Connected Vehicle Summit June 30, 2017 Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), W3, Auditorium B   The increasing consumer demand for car connectivity and intelligence has been a key driver of the connecte...

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5th GSMA Global Mobile IoT Summit September 11, 2017 Moving to Global Deployment After a successful year, delivering more than 40 Mobile IoT pilots globally, the industry is now progressing to commercial deployments of Mobile IoT (...

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Smart Cities Live: London September 13, 2017 Smart Cities Live is about embracing challenges and innovative solutions in the smart and sustainable development of cities and municipalities. From smart city financing to citiz...

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