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eSIM advanced enablement services debuts for MNOs

A partnership between Otono Networks Incorporated and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is debuting with advanced eSIM enablement and management services in the global market for device connectivity, ITRealmsreports.

The eSIM management services, ITRealms gathered would form part of the highlights at the 2016 Competitive Carriers Association’s 2016 Annual Convention in North America in anticipation of its market entrant in 2017.

According to the acting Head, Corporate Communications at G&D, Kay Laudien, and counterpart at Otono Networks Inc, Ms Grace Kyle, with the first eSIM-enabled wearables coming to the North American market, there is both an opportunity and a challenge for the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to manage.

The MNOs, the partnership noted, have an opportunity to offer additional connections to their existing consumer base with the freedom eSIM technologies offer. While adding more devices to the family share plan benefits the market, activating these devices requires technology investments.

For instance, G&D anticipates several eSIM-enabled consumer devices launching in the North American market in 2017 starting with companion devices such as smart watches. While the market in Asia has already launched mobile devices with eSIM technology, the expectation is to see eSIM-enabled devices in North America by 2018 in a larger scale.

By 2020, G&D forescasts a hundred million smart phones are projected to be eSIM-enabled, and the GSMA predicts over 10 billion mobile connected devices by the end of the same year.

“This rapid growth will be seen across a variety of industries, including consumer devices (wearables, tablets, smart phones), connected cars, Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M),” the company said.

Pointing out that mobile carriers worldwide will benefit from the Otono and G&D partnership, which pairs the G&D AirOn Platform with the Otono Platform to create a seamless user journey: eSIM activation to launch eSIM-enabled products quickly and easily.


They explained this will allow operators to offer electronic vouchers such that their customers can remotely add companion devices without the need to visit a Point of Sale location to scan a physical voucher.

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