eSIM technology is poised to achieve high growth as more and more industries integrate eSIM into their products and facilities. Both the consumer and IoT sectors particularly benefit from this. The question now is: how can organizations and manufacturers initiate the transition and migration to programmable eSIM?
How Manufacturers Look at eSIM Technology and Its Applications
Every manufacturer has a different outlook on how eSIM can be valuable to them. While some only look at it as a mere basic solution (e.g. as a QR-code to enable eSIM), others see it as a great opportunity for bigger things. These manufacturers and their communications service providers (CSP) realize that eSIM can be a gateway to newer innovations that require a more flexible and portable way of implementing connectivity APIs.
The holistic approach brought on by eSIM applications actually dictates a series of considerations that need to be reconciled. Organizations need to better define and articulate the required capabilities of eSIM in order to achieve this.
The Current Status of the eSIM Ecosystem
The journey of eSIM began almost a decade ago. It is only now that businesses and organizations are realizing eSIM’s true potential, with more applications being widely adopted across a number of sectors. In fact, there are more device makers right now that have followed this path, and there are currently a wide range of consumer devices compatible with eSIM technology. This is a mixture of PCs, smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices that can support programmable eSIM API. Globally, more mobile operators are promoting eSIM support for their products and have even launched commercial propositions around it.
For telecom operators, eSIM is being seen as almost as necessary as 5G compatibility in smartphones. With that kind of mindset, eSIM will only continue to grow and will gradually expand to become a standard component in most communications and computing devices. Going forward, faster growth is expected for eSIM, with more than a billion eSIM consumer devices shipping annually by 2025.
How eSIM Affects Other CSPs Lines of Businesses
While people are anticipating the effects of eSIM applications on the consumer market, it is not only relevant to that particular sector. There are also other business segments that need careful examination:
- Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Market – In this sector, enterprises want to deploy devices on-demand with the connectivity they need.
- Enterprise Sector – Businesses want to roll out devices to mobile and remote employees, enabling them to utilize programmable eSIM API directly or using different mobile device management technologies.
Other than these two segments, there is also a need to manage many channels and stakeholders across the eSIM market. In all of these segments, CSPs need to be able to connect the entire ecosystem and orchestrate all the processes, providing excellent customer service and support. It may sound like a difficult task, but it is definitely doable given time and resources.
eSIM is definitely here to make a big splash and will become a vehicle to drive more and more adoption of connected devices and online services. It is through these kinds of innovations that CSPs will benefit as the number of connected devices will exponentially increase in the coming years. Meanwhile businesses and consumers will benefit from being able to be always connected in the new era of online services and remote work.
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