For the first time, the Mobile World Congress 2016 shows the different uses of the new eSIM in different consumer devices. Telefónica has been the company in charge of carrying out the demonstration, which everyone will be able to observe at its stand at the Barcelona Fair. In this space, users can experiment with eSIM through different demonstrations. In one of them, mobile subscriptions of different operators around the world will be delivered remotely to the terminals. A simple example of the possibilities of this technology.
More specifically, the visitor will be able to experience a guided demonstration of the end-to-end downloading process of a subscription from different terminals, both in the case of a point of sale, and the client autonomously. Companies such as Telefónica are strongly committed to the development of eSIMs, as they will function as a catalyst that will provide a new level of connectivity to the millions of their customers’ devices. And we are not just talking about mobile phones; the wearables or any other device ‘connected’ may also benefit from this.
Francisco Jose Montalvo, director of the Global Terminal Unit of Telefonica SA, stated that “One of the main objectives that Telefonica has set itself in supporting this initiative is to maintain the same levels of integrity, security and reliability that the SIM provides as a secure hardware element that protects and guarantees the privacy of customers, within this new eSIM standard “.
The barriers of the eSIM system
The great handicap of the system is based on the fact that, for everything to work properly, a total standardization between the different operators is necessary, which guarantees a complete and smooth experience.
Therefore, Telefonica has defined use cases where the customer has great independence from the operators, the manufacturers or suppliers of modules SIM so that none of these actors might interfere with the experience of the user.
To achieve these ambitious goals, a large group of operators, SIM manufacturers and terminal manufacturers have worked for hand in hand, and in December last year, they managed to define the first phase of the eSIM standard.
Of all the countries in which the group operates, Germany has been chosen to carry out the first tests, with a Samsung Gear S2 terminal, and during the second quarter of this year. We hope that the results are as promising as anticipated, and we can all enjoy this technology very soon.