How will the new eSIM IoT standard affect telcos?

As the telecoms industry prepares for the GSMA’s new eSIM IoT standard, eSIM specialist, Workz, breaks down what the new standard means, how its architecture will work, when compatible solutions are likely to be available, and the opportunities it presents to operators as more connected devices enter the market.

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A new eSIM standard is coming for IoT devices.

This will dramatically change connectivity in the IoT space and open many new growth verticals for telcos.

quickly becoming the de facto standard for M2M connectivity.

Up until now, M2M deployments had to use the current M2M push model which requires integration and sizeable investment.

So how are things improved?

With the new IoT standard integration is no longer necessary.

This brings about many advantages for telcos as it offers significantly reduced cost, time, and resources to implement meaning it is far easier and faster to onboard customers.

So what makes it different?

The new IoT standard allows for both the push and pull of profiles

It also offers more methods and lightweight protocols to activate devices

Meaning it caters to a vast and growing range of devices

Deployments using the current M2M standard for eSIM will not be compatible with the new standard.

When will deployments be live?

According to the GSMA, the eSIM ecosystem will not be ready to provide a fully compliant solution until late 2024. Whilst some vendors may promise compliant solutions before this date these will involve proprietary solutions that are not compatible with the new standard.

How will this change things for telcos?

The new IoT standard will create an explosion in eSIM adoption and impact telcos in multiple ways:

First of all MNOs and MVNOs will go from having one or a few channels to many due to the simplified onboarding process.

As a result they will see an increasing requirement to deal with more profiles types, more sales channels and increased order frequencies.

Workz’s Multi-tenant eSIM Hub (MeSH) addresses all these challenges

  • With a highly scalably cloud-based solution to give your business flexibility to grow as and when you need
  • It enables you to manage all eSIM sales channels from one single interface, whether consumer, M2M or IoT
  • And allows you to delegate the administration of profiles to your channels with its self-care function.
  • MeSH also automates profile management and ordering processes, for example, its Intelligent Profile Delivery feature enables the correct profile to be automatically selected and downloaded for a device.

All of this significantly cuts your administration increases your reliability and allows for faster onboarding of customers.

To learn more about how you can take advantage of this new IoT opportunity and why you should partner with Workz, the leader in eSIM cloud technology, get in touch today.

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