How eSIM and iSIM will drive the IoT revolution

The IoT industry has made great strides in recent years, driven largely by the expansion of applications and development of supporting technologies, but factors such as cost and practicality have typically held back mass production. But the tides are changing, with this year’s Mobile Economy report forecasting that the number of licensed IoT connections is expected to double from 2.5 billion in 2022 to 5.3 billion by 2030. 

While the roll-out of 5G and the increased network speeds that follow will undoubtedly help deployments gather pace, it will be through innovations in SIM card technology that the IoT revolution is unlocked — enter eSIM (embedded SIM) and iSIM (integrated eSIM).

In a new article in RCR Wireless News, the GSMA’s eSIM Technical Directors, Gloria Trujillo and Yolanda Sanz, discuss how eSIMs and iSIMs represent a watershed moment in unlocking the possibility of mass IoT deployments, equipping manufacturers with the tools they need to scale.