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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GSMA IoT On-Demand Webinar: Industry 4.0 – Optimising Industrial IoT A total of 70 Mobile IoT networks, including LTE-M (Long Term Evolution for Machines) and NB-IoT (NarrowBand IoT), have been launched, enabling a fraction of the 25.2 billion IoT...

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Mobile IoT Doubled in Range – Without the Need for Hardware Upgrades Barbara Pareglio, Technical Director, Internet of Things Programme, GSMA Mobile IoT has turned a corner: one that makes connection of even the remotest areas, such as those in ru...

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Collaboration and Innovation to pave the way for AI in the IoT: an Intervi Sierra Wireless is one of the leading technology providers in the industry and an important enabler for the IoT. In the wake of Mobile World Congress Americas, we interviewed Dan...

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Intelligent Connectivity Top of the Agenda in Bangkok as Asia Pacific Leads Asia Pacific is now the world’s foremost growth region for IoT, representing 40% of the world’s total spend in 2018: mass installation of sensors, cameras and other connected...

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Development Guide: NB-IoT for Agriculture The GSMA Internet of Things programme is an initiative to help mobile operators add value and accelerate the delivery of new connected devices and services in the IoT. This is to...

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Case Study: Leveraging the SIM to Secure IoT Services Mobile network operators use SIM Cards (UICC cards as defined by 3GPP/ETSI) to authenticate devices accessing their networks and services. SIM cards can also support additional s...

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GSMA IoT at the Huawei Global MBB Forum 2018 November 19, 2018 The 2018 Global MBB Forum will be hosted by Huawei together with its industry partners GSMA and GTI in London from November 19th to November 21st. It will welcome global operator...

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IoT Webinar – The Future of IoT Business Models Hosted November 27, 2018 In this webinar, GSMA Intelligence analysts deep dive into IoT applications across two developing areas and evaluate the business proposition of this rapidly evolving technology....

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GSMA IoT Webinar Series: What next for mobile operators in t December 12, 2018 With the growth of the Internet of Things, new roles are emerging for mobile operators. Join this webinar to hear senior operator speakers discuss how they are leveraging new ena...

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Mobile IoT at CES19 January 08, 2019 The Internet of Things will be central to CES19. You can discover the range of our activities below, and visit us during the week at our stand: Booth 2210, Westgate. We look forw...

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