OEMs on eSIM: friend or foe?

By Oxana Latypova, Kigen SIM Solutions at Arm

One of the most critical steps towards enabling more scalable cellular IoT is the evolution of the underlying SIM technology, primarily embedded SIM (eSIM) and its companion, remote SIM provisioning.

According to the recent survey of stakeholders across the whole connectivity ecosystem, it is clear that the industry is well aware of the importance of eSIM. For example, 67% of respondents view eSIM as a positive development and more than 80% agree it will overtake traditional SIM.

However, the OEMs’ perceptions of eSIM are less certain. In this survey, device makers have demonstrated the least awareness of eSIM if compared to other response groups. Those who are aware of eSIM overwhelmingly see it as a positive development, but sadly, a substantial proportion delays their eSIM adoption plans citing perceived complexity of eSIM projects and cost as the main reasons. More in-depth information on the findings concerning OEMs can be found in this blog.

With regards to these top concerns, we believe that the total cost of ownership benefit of eSIM will become more obvious with time. The number of successful adoptions of eSIM by OEMs continues to grow and the growth of the ecosystem is gaining momentum.
GSMA is doing a tremendous job on bringing eSIM to the masses, but there are realistic and practical things that we all can do to help OEMs ease their journey to eSIM. From providing support with building business processes to demos and comprehensive onboarding, we all can help them understand that the benefits of adopting eSIM outweigh the delivery efforts and the risk of missing out on the ongoing IoT boom. Let’s help OEMs to unlock the full potential of cellular IoT together.

Arm Kigen team regularly creates various guidance on eSIM and iSIM.
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The views and opinions in this piece reflect those of Arm and not necessarily those of GSMA.