Backed by the World’s Largest Mobile Operators, SIM Vendors and
Device Manufacturers; Common Specification Lets Consumers Add a
Comprehensive Range of New Devices to a Mobile Subscription
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The GSMA today released a specification that allows consumers to
remotely activate the SIM embedded in a device such as a smart watch,
fitness band or tablet. This new specification, which is the first
output from the GSMA’s industry-backed Consumer Remote SIM Provisioning
initiative, will enable consumers to add a new generation of devices to
a mobile subscription and connect them securely to a mobile network.
“This is the only common, interoperable and global specification that
has the backing of the mobile industry and lets consumers with a mobile
subscription remotely connect their devices to a mobile network,” said
Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “This new specification
gives consumers the freedom to remotely connect devices, such as
wearables, to a mobile network of their choice and continues to evolve
the process of connecting new and innovative devices.”
Mobile network operators, mobile device manufacturers and SIM vendors
have worked closely together through the GSMA initiative to deliver a
specification that will allow consumers to easily activate the SIM
embedded in a range of devices with a subscription from a mobile network
operator of their choice. The initiative does not aim to replace all SIM
cards in the field, but is instead designed to help users connect
multiple devices through the same subscription and will help mobile
device manufacturers to develop a new range of smaller, lighter
mobile-connected devices that are better suited for wearable technology
The specification is backed by the world’s largest operators including
AT&T, CK Hutchison, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, EE, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO,
Orange, Rogers, SFR, Sprint, Telefónica, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Telstra,
TIM, Transatel, Verizon and Vodafone. It is also supported by SIM and
chipset vendors including Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho (Safran),
Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, Qualcomm, STMicroelectronics,
and Valid, as well as device makers including Huawei, LG, Microsoft, and
Samsung. Telecom equipment provider Nokia and security provider
Trustonic also support the specification.
The GSMA will also release an additional specification in June 2016 that
will include remote provisioning for smartphones.
For further information on the GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning Initiative
please visit: http://www.gsma.com/remoteSIMProvisioning.
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting
nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies,
equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in
adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading
events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and
the Mobile 360 Series conferences.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com.
Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.