eSIM: How to break through the barriers?

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Although eSIM technology delivers seamless provisioning and greater flexibility and security – all of which are key to scaling the IoT – adoption has been slow. What should operators do to catalyse a shift towards eSIM in the 5G era?


Format: PDF filePages: 30 pagesCharts: 12Author: Saverio RomeoPublication Date: February 2021

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
    • What’s the problem?
    • What should operators do?
  • Introduction
  • The rise of eSIMs for the IoT
    • Reviewing the evolution from SIM to eSIM
    • Why eSIM is essential to scale cellular IoT
    • The rise of alternative technologies: iSIM and NuSIM
  • The current adoption of eSIMs in IoT
    • eSIM value chain: Complex and diverse
    • Complexity is stifling eSIM uptake
  • MNOs role in the future of eSIMs for IoT
    • The adoption of eSIMs in IoT scenarios
    • MNO-led eSIM and IoT ecosystems
  • Conclusion: What should telcos do?

Table of Figures

  • Figure 1: The evolution of SIM cards
  • Figure 2: Comparative summary of eSIM, iSIM and NuSIM
  • Figure 3: Launches of eSIM-based connected cars
  • Figure 4: eSIM adoption by device type, 2018 and 2020 comparison
  • Figure 5: eSIM compatible wearable devices
  • Figure 6: Summary of eSIM adoption levels, advantages and barriers by sector
  • Figure 7: Simplified eSIM deployment scenarios
  • Figure 8: The eSIM lifecycle
  • Figure 9: MNO centric eSIM value network
  • Figure 10: Major eSIM deployments from 2016 to 2020
  • Figure 11: eSIM adoption evolution, 2018 to 2023
  • Figure 12: IoT secure connectivity managed service provider scenario


Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G, IoT, eSIM, technology