Digital security company Gemalto has announced a new collaboration with Microsoft. The partnership will see the company provide its latest On Demand Connectivity and eSIM technology for Windows 10 devices.
By working with Microsoft, Gemalto has ensured its new technology is compliant with regulatory standards for remote SIM provisioning. These specifications are controlled by the GSM Association (GSMA), which is an association of mobile network operators and hardware manufacturers.
With the new connectivity and eSIM, Gemalto and Microsoft can bring more security and connectivity to customers. Windows 10 native eSIM support allows users to manage their connectivity on a device.
“eSIM technology remains an important investment for Microsoft as we look to create even more mobile computing opportunities,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft.”As a key component for the Always Connected Windows experience, we worked closely with Gemalto to develop a solution that meets the new GSMA guidelines.”
Gemalto’s latest eSIM can be remotely provisioned by mobile network operators. It requires a subscription, which comes from the company’s On Demand Connectivity. The technology is designed to work across the world on all carrier and devices.
The company wants the technology to act as a framework for manufacturers to connect to operator networks. Devices are already in development and should be available by the end of 2017.
“Gemalto has created a complete range of subscription management software and services to manage the eSIM life cycle in mobile devices,” said Rodrigo Serna, Senior Vice President of Mobile Services and IoT Americas at Gemalto. “We will continue to work closely with Microsoft and the GSMA to further these advancements while protecting the security of end users, who rely on their mobile devices to make everyday life easier.”
The term “eSIM” rose to prominence a few years ago. The technology became a new standard that was pushed by the GSMA. By using an integrated SIM chip, which means it is a part of the device and cannot be removed. Aside from mobile technology, the solution could be used for all connected devices within the IoT frame.
For users, an integrated eSIM will allow them to change network operator more freely. Indeed, this could be achieved by a simple phone call. The operator will be able to cancel or change network remotely.