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Apple and Samsung In Talks With GSMA And Carriers To Adopt e-SIM Technology

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Apple and Samsung are mulling over the launch of electronic SIM cards (e-SIMs) with GSMA that are poised to revolutionize carrier based communication, as we know it.

According to a report in the Financial Times, GSMA — the worldwide consortium of telecom operators — is all set to announce embedded SIM cards. These SIM cards are special due to the fact that instead of locking users with a particular network, it leaves them free to switch between operators as per their requirement in a certain area. The potential implications of such a technology, it goes without saying, are tremendous.

Apple did try something of the sort last year, when it launched its own SIM card with similar capabilities. However, the attempt fizzled out due to several reasons, the chief among which was the fact that only a few major operators allowed switching including T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, and just EE in the UK.

However, there is far greater hope of success this time around with carriers including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Whampoa, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone, supposedly in on the plan.

The service will work across a range of devices including but not limited to smartphones spanning across platform, tablets as well as wearables.

Apparently, GSMA has already come up with an embedded SIM standard for connection management. Speaking on the topic, Anne Bouverot, chief executive of the GSMA, said that discussions on the same are under way.

We have been working with them (Apple & Samsung) and others to create an industry solution for machines and will agree a solution for consumer electronics.

However, according to GSMA, we may still be some time away from plugging network hopping sim cards into our devices.

With the majority of operators on board, the plan is to finalize the technical architecture that will be used in the development of an end-to-end remote SIM solution for consumer devices, with delivery anticipated by 2016.

A sim card that can choose and switch between networks? Can’t wait!!



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