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What is eUICC and what does it mean for you?

  • Posted by admin on November 4, 2017

Having recently rolled out embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) tariffs in Europe and the Caribbean, with plans to launch more soon, Stream Technologies is at the forefront when it comes to delivering on the value that this technology promises to deliver. Stream’s eUICC-enabled SIMs operate throughout multiple countries and multiple regions, support multiple subscriptions and can be reprogrammed remotely using our award-winning IoT-X Connectivity Management Platform (CMP).

eUICC opens the door to a range of use cases that cannot be supported by conventional SIMs and offers exciting opportunities to enterprises and mobile network operators (MNOs). This case study outlines the opportunities and challenges presented by eUICC connectivity, and examines how Stream’s eUICC offering enables enterprises and MNOs to benefit from serious value enhancement and immense competitive differentiation by embracing this new technology.

eUICC technology is transforming cellular connectivity for enterprises and MNOs. With conventional SIM cards, if a customer wants to change network operator, they need to swap the physical SIM inside their device. The development of eUICC-enabled SIMs means that enterprises can remotely provision SIM profiles over the air, without having to change the physical SIM card. For MNOs, eUICC represents an easy point of entry into the next wave of new, high net average revenue per user (ARPU) Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity revenue.

The terms eUICC and embedded SIM (eSIM) are often used interchangeably, however it’s important to emphasise the distinction between the two. eSIM is an embeddable SIM card, while eUICC is a remotely programmable SIM card which is available in a range of form factors. There is a common misconception that an eUICC solution must be an eSIM. This is a miscommunication within the market which has confused operators and enterprises. Contrary to popular belief, eUICC-enabled SIM cards are available in all the standard SIM formats.

The eUICC opportunity

Capitalising on the increasing presence of IoT connectivity represents the next big market opportunity for enterprises and MNOs. As IoT becomes commonplace, there will be an acceleration of growth for robust, secure, easy to manage and cost-effective cellular connectivity on a global scale.

Enterprises that embrace this digital transformation will see serious value enhancement and immense competitive differentiation, but only if they are able to address the patchwork and fragmented structure of the current global cellular network. The most agile networks are starting to recognise this, and are enabling access to solutions powered by the eUICC standard by acquiring or imitating net-new businesses.

For enterprises and operators, the adoption of eUICC will require multiple evolved technologies which will open up immense scaling in cellular connected devices and the transit of data via existing cellular networks. Coordinating change on this scale is undoubtedly a complex challenge.

Solve the eUICC challenge

To help scale eUICC connectivity on a global basis, two fundamental technologies are required. The first is a platform that enables simple and fast integration with IoT centred subscriptions on in-country MNO cellular bearer services. This must be a platform that can provide a single generic control layer of tariffs, SIM connectivity services and data-transit. Ideally […]

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