During last month’s Mobile World Congress, our IoT experts attended a session hosted by the GSMA titled eSIM Adoption and Global Market Trends.
The discussion focused on the adoption of eSIMs and was attended by experts from across the eSIM industry, including operators, device manufacturers and service providers and others, to explain the opportunities and the eSIM solutions for market challenges.
According to the GSMA Intelligence report “eSIM: State of the consumer market and the road ahead by 2025”, 2.4 billion smartphone connections will use eSIMs globally. As market adoption grows and eSIMs become part of day-to-day business having a clear roadmap and strategy will be crucial to capture and monetise the new opportunities presented by eSIMs.
Juniper Research’s figures are even more positive with the company estimating that the number of eSIMs installed in connected devices will rise from 1.2bn in 2021, to 3.4bn in 2025, a 180% increase.
Juniper also predicts that oil and gas, manufacturing and logistics will be the primary users of eSIMs in the industrial sector with “eSIM installations in these verticals growing from 28m units in 2021 to 116m by 2025”.
Most commentators would put this increase down to large-scale M2M deployments in these sectors with eSIMs making mobile connectivity easier to install and manage.
In the consumer market there are also lucrative opportunities for MNOs - and also attractive propositions for frequent travellers - which revolve around mobile roaming activities. Using eSIM data plans, subscribers will only have to buy a data plan to cover the country they are travelling to using a pay-as-you-go model with no upfront subscriptions.
Telecom26, our eSIM global roaming service - and our customers
Last year we launched eSIMs for Telecom26’s global roaming service. This was followed swiftly by our first big customer win with GlobalMatix choosing Telecom26’s eSIMs to provide mobile connectivity for its in-car fleet management systems – used by global car rental firms including Enterprise, Alamo and National.
The team of experts at Telecom26 expect demand for our eSIM service to come from a variety of sectors:
- organisations with employees who frequently travel overseas - our global roaming service provides seamless connectivity across 1100 cellular networks from over 620 mobile operators in more than 220 countries with no bill shock at the end of a trip.
- eHealth - we will start to see physical SIMs be replaced by eSIMs in a variety of IoT networks used by digital health programmes such as SystemOne, Telecom26’s customer across Africa.
- Shipping, freight and logistics sectors including cargo companies which will use eSIMs to track vehicle movements and maintenance as well as the condition of goods.
Telematics, eSIMs and Telecom26
Telecom26 was chosen by GlobalmatiX to provide connectivity for its telematic service following a competitive tender process involving the world’s largest MNOs.
GlobalmatiX’s disruptive and innovative telematics solution has already been installed in thousands of vehicles worldwide to provide remote vehicle diagnostics information to fleet managers in real-time.
Initial rollout of the Telecom26 eSIM Telematic service will be to GlobalmatiX’s customer MSS Holding AG, operator of the rental car companies Fleet Service, Helvetic Mobility and licensee of the Enterprise, Alamo and National brands in Switzerland.
Telecom26 eSIM profiles will be installed into in-car boxes providing always-on connectivity with data being transmitted to GlobalmatiX’s cloud management system.
Telecom26’s Global Roaming Service provides GlobalmatiX with a number of new features not available from other operators including:
- Full control over its connectivity which enables it to offer different packages to its customers. For example, a real-time service which provides immediate data over the fastest networks is available as well as a package for which Telecom26 can provide optimised least cost roaming and routing.
- Seamless coverage across 1100 cellular networks from over 650 mobile operators in more than 200 countries - and ability to customise connectivity according to the budgets.
- Full control and management of its eSIMs through a customised service portal.
- Maximum security through the use of Virtual Private Networks.
For more information about how Telecom26’s eSIMs, IoT portfolio and experience as a global connectivity provider can help your business please contact us.
You can also read more about our IoT SIM cards and download our white paper “What is an IoT SIM card? Exploring IoT SIMS, why you need them and how Telecom26 can help” from here.