The GSMA Root Discovery Service is an integral part of the GSMA Remote SIM Technical Specification and Architecture, SGP.21 and SGP.22, acting as a one stop shop for profile acquisition. As a globally available Internet service the Discovery Service acts as a central communication point for eSIM-enabled consumer devices, allowing the consumer to acquire their profiles on demand.
The DS is designed to be the most efficient means of profile acquisition, more efficient than other methods, such as activation codes or primary device pre-loading, with minimum end user interaction required.
How it Works for the end user
The Discovery Server is available to enable end users, with an agreed mobile subscription contract, to connect their device with their subscribed profile.
Once they have agreed a mobile subscription contract with an operator, the end user can retrieve the corresponding profile onto their device directly from the Discovery Service.
How it works for the profile owner
Connection of an Operator’s SM-DP+ (or Alternative SM-DS) to the GSMA Root Discovery Service requires interoperability testing, followed by contract agreement and payment for the discovery service.
Interoperability testing is mandatory for SM-DP+ (or Alternative SM-DS) wishing to use the GSMA Root DS service. This ensures interoperability and integrity of the system.
The required GSMA DS Interoperability Test Plan is supplied to profile owners as part of the application process. Interoperability testing must be performed via the GSMA DS Customer Test Environment (CTE).
How it works for the Device/LPA/eUICC
Access to the DS server is via a fair-use policy. Device and eUICC manufactures wishing to ensure connection of their devices to the DS are recommended to conduct interoperability testing using the GSMA DS Customer Test Environment (CTE).
Contact the GSMA via GSMARootDS@gsma.com for more information.
For further information on the GSMA Root Discovery Service, please contact the GSMA at GSMARootDS@gsma.com.