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SIM Alliance specification lets MNOs manage M2M subscriptions

Steve Rogerson
August 6, 2015
The SIM Alliance has published a specification that lets mobile network operators (MNOs) remotely load and manage subscriptions across deployed M2M and consumer devices in a standardised way.
The eUICC Profile Package: Interoperable Format v1.0.1 technical specification describes a common coding process for subscription data to be built, remotely loaded and installed into any embedded UICC by any SIM vendor on behalf of any MNO.
Standardised remote subscription management across eUICCs, regardless of their source, should result in time and development efficiencies for MNOs and the wider remote provisioning ecosystem. It enables service providers to provision their fleet, or installed base of devices, more rapidly and in a unified way across diverse terminals, MNO customer management systems and eUICCs.
The result should be simpler application provisioning and lifecycle management and more scalability and flexibility within the remote provisioning ecosystem.
The SIM Alliance’s specification is referenced in the GSMA embedded SIM specification, specifically within the recently published Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICX v3.0 technical specification. Within that document, the GSMA defines a technical specification for the remote provisioning and management of the eUICC in M2M devices.
“By delivering the eUICC profile package specification, to support the GSMA embedded SIM specification, the SIM Alliance has played a significant part in unlocking a new deployment phase for the global remote provisioning market,” said Hervé Pierre, chairman of the SIM Alliance. “For the first time, it is now possible to remotely load and manage subscriptions across devices already deployed in the field, in a fully interoperable way. As technical experts with in-depth knowledge of eUICCs, the SIM Alliance has welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the GSMA on this initiative.”
Members of the SIM Alliance represent about 90 per cent of the global SIM card market. Members include Eastcompeace, Fundamenture, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, Kona I, Morpho, Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, Valid, Watchdata, Wuhan Tianyu and XH Smartcard.
“The addition of profile interoperability to the GSMA embedded SIM specification will simplify the process of connecting M2M and consumer devices and enhance the flexibility for how network operators and OEMs do business in the future,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer at the GSMA. “Ultimately it will help to support the adoption and development of remote provisioning for all market sectors, in addition to increasing flexibility, reducing fragmentation and helping the market to scale.”