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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 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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What happens when an M2M customer wants to change from one operator to another? One of the most significant advances made in the IoT and M2M industries has been the development of Remote SIM Provisioning, which allows the “over the air” provisioning of a...

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Transforming the connected car market The connected car a huge market opportunity for auto manufacturers, operators and connected service providers and of one the main growth areas of M2M and IoT. According to Machin...

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Webinar: The Embedded SIM – creating new business opportunities for you in the Over the last year the GSMA has been removing barriers to adoption of embedded SIM technology to support new business opportunities and allow more devices to become connected tha...

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Embedded UICC Consumer Protection Profile Version 1.1 The GSMA Embedded SIM Specification has the backing of 25 of the world’s largest mobile operators and over 75% of all M2M connections worldwide. The creation of a single, commo...

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New wave of IoT solutions exhibited at the GSMA Innovation City For a long time, those in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry have been waiting for the day when connected solutions are rolled out en masse – transforming society in the...

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Internet of Things in China set for huge growth on eve of IoT Summit China is widely regarded as being a world leader in the development and deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and over the last few weeks, a number of reports support...

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GSMA Welcomes 3GPP completion of LPWA Technologies 23 June 2016, Shanghai: The GSMA welcomes the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) decision to standardise three Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) technologies in licensed spe...

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Enabling smart cities to reach their potential The IoT is evolving. In the beginning, it affected each sector separately; the absence of industry-wide cooperation and limited connectivity restricted the capabilities of IoT so...

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Keys to the Smart City How mobile operators are playing a crucial role in the development of smart cities By harnessing the ongoing expansion in wireless connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT) is d...

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Connected Living Guide to Mobile World Congress Shanghai Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016, is one of the Asia’s largest and fastest growing technology events. The Internet of Things will be central to this year’s event, ...

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GSMA Connected Vehicle Forum Meeting – Shanghai July 01, 2016 Kerry Hotel Pudong, Pudong Ballroom 4 Connectivity and Mobility are becoming basic needs of consumers, driving both the mobile and auto industries. 1 Billion M2M (Machine-to-Mach...

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Mobile World Congress Shanghai June 29, 2016 Join Connected Living at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016, one of the region’s largest and fastest growing technology events. The Internet of Things will be a central featur...

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