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eSIMs as a catalyst for growth

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 14-Jan-2020 11:26:20

Demand for 4G SIM cards is increasing and channel partners have been quick to market with propositions from 4G routers in rural areas, to tracking and monitoring devices globally, but few have been involved in rolling out large scale IoT solutions, until now.

eSIMs could be a catalyst for growth, encouraging channel partners, who couldn’t previously see how they could make money from IoT, to start generating profitable, recurring revenues.

eSIMs give resellers back their edge over the retail mobile networks. They can offer a truly un-steered, multi-network connection ensuring the customer is always getting the best technical and commercial solution, whatever happens in the market. They are offering an alternative to retail mobile network contract lock-ins and saving customers the pain of swapping out SIMs.

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eSIM FAQs

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 19-Dec-2019 09:58:04

What is eSIM?

eSIM is a standard set by the GSMA, the association representing mobile network operators worldwide. It is a new technology which means that a SIM can hold multiple mobile profiles simultaneously and can be re-configured ‘over the air’ (OTA) with new profiles or profile selection rules.  Jola’s use of this technology means that resellers can choose whether to deliver mobile data solutions that are optimised for best coverage or for best cost, whilst retaining the flexibility to change this preference in the future.

What problem does eSIM solve?

An issue for manufacturers selling their products in different countries has been the need to maintain multiple SKUs. This is because they have had to use SIMs from different operators, based on the territory they are to be sold in. No single mobile network operator can provide the optimal solution for all countries and eSIM solves this problem.

What are the key features of eSIM?

They are configurable OTA (Over The Air). Network providers can be changed without swapping out the SIMs.

They are cost effective. You can pick the tariff required based on the amount of data the customer needs and the country (or countries) that the SIM will operate in. Therefore, there are no more unexpected roaming charges to worry about.

There are many exciting new mobile technologies being developed all the time. For example, currently 5G, LTE-M and NB-IoT are being rolled out in various countries around the world. Some of these technologies are enabling new applications, not possible before. As and when these new technologies are made available to roaming partners then the Jola eSIM will support them.  There is no faster way to gain access to these technologies, across multiple networks, than by using eSIM due to its inherent ability to be reprogrammed to support new networks and new technologies.

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Jola launches the UK’s first multi-network eSIM built for the channel

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 12-Dec-2019 10:49:15

Jola has become a global IoT MVNO, providing the UK’s first multi-network eSIM built for the channel. e-SIMs give MSPs and resellers ultimate choice and control, whilst solving the biggest mobile data problem facing their end users – how to automatically connect any device to any network, anywhere in the world.

GSMA-compliant eSIMs give Jola partners a truly un-steered, multi-network roaming connection, ensuring the customer is always getting the best technical and commercial solution, whatever happens in the market. Network-agnostic eSIMs offer an alternative to MNO contract lock-ins and save customers the pain and expense of swapping out SIMs.

Adrian Sunderland, Jola’s CTO commented, “eSIM or eUICC technology is the key to unlocking the IoT opportunity for the channel. eSIMs can be embedded into devices or delivered as a traditional removeable SIM. Operator profiles on the eUICC can be securely and remotely updated over-the-air. Instead of swapping plastic SIM cards, profiles are downloaded and managed on a device as needed. In the eSIM model, a device is ready to deploy anywhere network coverage exists. If a device moves and crosses networks, its profile can be updated quickly and securely.”

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Do IoT device manufacturers need to consider connectivity?

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 15-Nov-2019 12:06:19

The short answer is yes. Device manufacturers may not need to provide the connectivity, but they need to ensure their devices can connect to available networks.

4G is widely available and 5G is being rolled out by all major mobile operators. Roaming options are available globally. WiFi and Bluetooth are useful for short-range, high-bandwidth communications, however 4G and 5G allow IoT devices to connect to mobile towers much further away. 4G is a cost-effective, reliable service, used by many IoT devices globally.

eSIMs can be embedded into devices or delivered as a traditional plastic SIM. Operator profiles on the eUICC can be securely and remotely updated over-the-air. Instead of swapping plastic SIM cards, profiles are downloaded and managed on a device as needed. In the eSIM model, a device is ready to deploy anywhere network coverage exists. If a device moves and crosses networks, its profile can be updated quickly and securely.

Global IoT manufacturers and distributors have been considering how to scale the Internet of Things and increase adoption. Scale is both the biggest opportunity and biggest challenge, as the cost of changing SIMs in millions of devices can be prohibitively expensive. eSIMs resolve this.

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Why is eSIM better for roaming?

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 15-Nov-2019 11:56:53

A global eSIM will allow you to connect devices to the Internet in any country where it is being used. For devices that are continually changing countries, such as Pan-European coaches, trains and lorries, roaming is a must, to guarantee a seamless connection.

During the manufacturing process, it's not always known where the device will end up, so having one eSIM that will ensure connectivity globally, is essential.

eSIMs can be embedded into devices or delivered as a traditional plastic SIM. Operator profiles on the eUICC can be securely and remotely updated over-the-air. Instead of swapping plastic SIM cards, profiles are downloaded and managed on a device as needed. In the eSIM model, a device is ready to deploy anywhere network coverage exists. If a device moves and crosses networks, its profile can be updated quickly and securely.

eSIMs give resellers back their edge over the retail mobile networks. They can offer a truly un-steered, multi-network connection ensuring the customer is always getting the best technical and commercial solution, whatever happens in the market. They are offering an alternative to retail mobile network contract lock-ins and saving customers the pain of swapping out SIMs.

 eSIMs will really help IoT adoption and encourage channel partners, who cannot currently see how they can make money from IoT, start generating profitable, recurring revenues.

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Could eSIMs provide a scalable solution for the Internet of Things?

Posted by Cherie Howlett on 21-Oct-2019 15:02:42

Demand for 4G SIM cards is increasing and channel partners have been quick to market with propositions from 4G routers in rural areas to tracking and monitoring devices globally, but few are involved in rolling out large scale IoT solutions. Outside of the channel, global manufacturers, distributors, mobile networks and specialists, have been considering how to scale the Internet of Things and increase adoption.

Scale is both the biggest opportunity and biggest challenge, as the cost of changing SIMs in millions of devices can be prohibitively expensive. Some say the need for scalable IoT solutions has led to the development of eSIM technology, a network-agnostic white label plastic or embedded mobile data SIM.

These SIMs can be embedded into devices or sold separately and operator profiles on the eUICC can be securely and remotely updated over-the-air. Instead of swapping plastic SIM cards, profiles are downloaded and managed on a device as needed. In the eSIM model, a device is ready to deploy anywhere network coverage exists. If a device moves and crosses networks, its profile can be updated quickly and securely.

Yes, eSIMs could really help IoT adoption and encourage channel partners, who couldn’t previously see how they could make money from IoT, start generating profitable, recurring revenues.

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