The Netherlands December 6, 2016 by Editors BTG – Market & Players
eSim: The biggest telecom revolution since mobile data
BTG and several technology partners, have completed testing to switch between Dutch mobile network operators without changing the SIM card. This was performed using a newly developed eSIM which can be remotely provisioned over the air according to the new GSMA standards. Switching between operators is the first step in a series of BTG initiatives for mobile services that deliver real value to corporate networks. The next phases are planned to include applications and security elements to provide authentication, access control and identity management.
Switching between providers:
The BTG eSIM project gives the enterprise the choice and flexibility to switch between operators, and remotely load and manage new profiles. There are already mobile devices that support the functions, but are not generally available yet on Dutch networks. The successful initiative was a team effort between BTG and its partners including ASPIDER-NGI, SURFnet, Schiphol Group and Stn Tele Fact. The eSIM provides a viable solution for enterprise market helping simplify operator selection and simplifying tendering for mobile access to move to other providers. It also offers solutions for mission-critical communications in cases of major mobile network failures, congestion or poor coverage.
“The initial results are encouraging. It is good to prove that that these approaches are valid and provide a viable route to solving key issues for the industry. From a strategic perspective, in cooperation with its members and market, BTG is driving eSIM towards a coherent mobile service chain model to meet the existing demands for innovation – one of our core values. “ JAN VAN ALPHEN
Authentication via eSIM:
BTG members are now ready to engage in the next phase initiatives, with the control of the applications onboard the eSIM. These applications operate independently of the operator profile and allow full access and control to secure elements on the eSIM. This opens a wide range of new possibilities: smartphone based access control in buildings or public transit; automatic access to secured Wi-Fi networks; additional layers of authentication to better secure mobile payments. Following the initial eSIM project, BTG entered into a strategic partnership with SURFnet to provide long term mobile solutions to educational and research institutions, for a range of valuable applications improving, security, payment and campus coverage.
BTG expect to complete the next eSIM phases in 2017 and plans to promote commercial launch of services once these phases are complete. Last week GSMA published version 2 of the technical standard, which is driving the development of eSIM to support these new applications..
“We want to develop a mobile service chain based on the opportunities that eSIM offers. Business consumers can increase organization efficiency and quality of service to employees and customers by switching between operators without a SIM swap. In the future we are excited to add a series of enhanced mobile services, such as authentication, authorization, location based services and mobile payment, and to make this possible we will need to work closely with IT suppliers and mobile operators. The opportunities that these new business models represent are huge for both suppliers and customers, and take advantage of the latest developments in mobile connectivity ”
“As business users, we are not looking to replace any of the operators, but are looking to provide better ways to get access to services with more flexibility by working more closely with all the suppliers in the chain. Our starting point is based on the needs from the corporate market, and strategic alliances with the operators are critical to the success of this project. This innovation in technology and alliances is exactly the role that we want to take as BTG – we support the process that drive to the realization of value. And for the E- SIM, we are working hard on that. “ JAN VAN ALPHEN