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 Thing 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 Remo 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 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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The Mobile IoT Labs Pioneering Next Generation LPWA solutions Last month, Huawei released its NB-IoT Commercial Premier Use Case Library, detailing some of the uses to which Mobile IoT has been put to date.  The global picture is increasin...

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A Breath of Fresh Air: IoT Big Data Helping to Improve London’s Air Quali Poor air quality in major cities can expose citizens to air pollution and lead to health risks such as asthma attacks, lung cancer, heart disease or chronic bronchitis. Air quali...

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6th Mobile IoT Summit February 25, 2018 Mobile IoT, also known as Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) in licensed spectrum, presents a huge opportunity for the mobile and IoT industries. GSMA Intelligence estimates that by 202...

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IoT at MWC18 February 25, 2018 The Internet of Things will be central to Mobile World Congress 2018. You can discover the range of our activities below. For a comprehensive list of IoT activities at MWC18, ple...

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Generating Value through IoT and Big Data February 27, 2018 GSMA Seminar Theatre 1, CC1.5 – download directions Mobile operators are becoming increasingly successful in establishing services to commercialise their anonymised data, a...

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IoT Security, Drones – Creating a Connected and Secure Fut February 28, 2018 GSMA Seminar Theatre 1, CC1.5 – download directions Session 1: Securing a Better Future With 25 billion connected devices by 2025, the risk of cybersecurity breaches, leake...

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Mobile IoT Innovators Developer Workshop February 28, 2018 GSMA Seminar Theatre 1, CC1.3 – download directions Join Telefónica’s technical industry experts who are at the forefront of Mobile IoT development to get hands-on exper...

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Mobile IoT Innovators Networking Reception February 28, 2018 GSMA Seminar Theatre 1, CC1 Networking Area – download directions Join the Mobile IoT Innovators Networking Reception for a relaxed afternoon and enjoy free drinks and nibb...

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