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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New Roles in the Market for Operators as they Look Beyond Traditional Reven Andrew Parker, IoT Marketing Director, GSMA The role of network operators in the market is changing.  As the global infrastructure they support becomes more sophisticated – m...

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Mobile Industry Supports Gathering Momentum of Commercial Drones Market Graham Trickey, Head of Internet of Things Programme, GSMA Unmanned Aircraft, or ‘drones’, have hitherto been regarded as serving two typical purposes: military applications,...

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Operators Move Beyond Connectivity in the IoT Era as Asia Pulls Ahead 按此查阅中文版本 The Internet of Things is well on the way to transforming our lives – connecting devices across vast areas at low cost to make our working lives more p...

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GSMA: Global Mobile Operators Commit to Common Approach to IoT Security AT&T, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, KDDI, LG Uplus, Orange, Telefónica, Telenor Group, Telia, Turkcell, Vodafone Group and Zain Agre...

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Greater China set to Dominate Global Industrial IoT Market, says new GSMA R Government Backing 5G, AI and Data Analytics to Transform Industrial Sector; GSMA Intelligence Forecasts 13.8 billion IIoT Connections Worldwide by 2025, with China Accounting fo...

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M360 Series – Digital Societies September 05, 2018 GSMA Intelligence forecasts that IoT connections will reach 25 billion globally in 2025, up from 6.3 billion in 2016. Asia Pacific will continue to be the largest IoT market. The...

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Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 September 12, 2018 Join the GSMA’s Internet of Things programme at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 to discover and shape the future of the IoT. Through a series of seminars, exhibitions a...

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GSMA IoT at M360 – Europe September 18, 2018 Mobile 360 Series – Europe brings industry leaders and policy makers to the GSMA’s newly opened office in the heart of Brussels. The discussions focus on how policy influenc...

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IoT at Edge Computing Congress September 19, 2018 Neill Young, IoT Enablers Lead in the IoT team at the GSMA, will be speaking at the Edge Computing Congress, on the subject of ‘Infrastructure on the Edge’ taking pl...

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European Drones Summit October 15, 2018 The European Drone Summit sets out to bring the up-and-coming drone sector together with industry. The aim of the conference is to define the demands placed on drone technology a...

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GSMA IoT at Europol-ENISA IoT Security Conference October 24, 2018 The 2nd Europol-ENISA IoT Security Conference focuses on the cybersecurity of the entire IoT ecosystem, enabling a broad discussion by bringing together experts from cybercrime u...

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