Sierra Wireless introduces eUICC solution for its global Smart SIM and connectivity service

Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president, Cloud and
Connectivity Services Business Unit at Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless, a provider of integrated end-to-end solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, introduced an eUICC (Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) solution for its global Smart SIM and connectivity service.

It is said to be one of the first to market that conforms to the latest GSMA specification, ensuring global interoperability across hardware vendors, SIM vendors and operators.

Machina Research forecasts that annual sales of IoT SIMs supporting eUICC will grow from less than one million in 2014 to 227 million devices per year by 2024, representing almost 50% of all SIMs sold,” said Godfrey Chua, principal analyst, Machina Research. “With its strong position in cellular IoT, Sierra Wireless is well positioned to benefit from the opportunity we see associated with IoT connections that depend on eUICC.”

Godfrey Chua, principal analyst, Machina Research
Godfrey Chua, principal analyst, Machina Research

Also commonly referred to as eSIM, eUICC allows users to remotely provision and change service providers over the air (OTA) without physically accessing the SIM card.

This provides a global, operator-independent connectivity solution, which is critical for tomorrow’s IoT use cases because it enables:

  1. Flexibility to control subscription cost, coverage and service level for the entire lifecycle of the device, which is beneficial for companies in the utility, retail, insurance and healthcare spaces, where devices can be deployed for more than 10 years.
  2. New service-based IoT business models, allowing global equipment manufacturers, like PC and auto makers, to configure every device the same way at the factory and then remotely manage subscriptions to provide better coverage and customer service wherever the device lands and is operated.
  3. Remote provisioning to access the best subscription options for a given region, which helps businesses in transportation, telematics and other sectors, where crossing borders results in higher costs.
Andrew Brown, executive director, Enterprise and IoT Research, Strategy Analytics
Andrew Brown, executive director, Enterprise and IoT Research, Strategy Analytics

“eUICC represents the most radical change in over two decades of cellular connectivity, because it allows customers to select and change service provider profiles based on the criteria or business rules of their choosing,” said Andrew Brown, executive director, Enterprise and IoT Research, Strategy Analytics. “This allows businesses to think globally and expand their offerings from products to connected services.”

The Sierra Wireless AirVantage® IoT Platform, Smart SIM and Connectivity Service provide all of the IoT infrastructure needed to create, deploy and manage IoT solutions, said the company. “Sierra Wireless is focused on providing maximum flexibility to our customers and making it simple for them to access the best connectivity anywhere in the world based on the needs of their IoT use cases,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, senior vice president, Cloud and Connectivity Services Business Unit at Sierra Wireless. “Our vision is to remove barriers for customers by taking the complexity out of connectivity thereby enabling the possibility of countless new business models and applications.”

Comment on this article below or via Twitter: @IoTNow_ OR @jcIoTnow


9 IoT applications that will change everything

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Whether you are a future-minded CEO, tech-driven CEO or IT leader, you’ve come across the term IoT before. It’s often used alongside superlatives regarding how it will revolutionize the way you work, play, and live. But is it just another buzzword, or is it the as-promised technological holy grail? The truth is that Internet of

Read more

Which IoT Platform 2021? IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide

Posted on: August 30, 2021

There are several different parts in a complete IoT solution, all of which must work together to get the result needed, write IoT Now Enterprise Buyers’ Guide – Which IoT Platform 2021? authors Robin Duke-Woolley, the CEO and Bill Ingle, a senior analyst, at Beecham Research. Figure 1 shows these parts and, although not all

Read more

CAT-M1 vs NB-IoT – examining the real differences

Posted on: June 21, 2021

As industry players look to provide the next generation of IoT connectivity, two different standards have emerged under release 13 of 3GPP – CAT-M1 and NB-IoT.

Read more

IoT and home automation: What does the future hold?

Posted on: June 10, 2020

Once a dream, iot home automation is slowly but steadily becoming a part of daily lives around the world. In fact, it is believed that the global market for smart home automation will reach $40 billion by 2020.

Read more

How can IoT optimise the bearing supply chain?

Posted on: September 24, 2021

In 2020, stock management issues were estimated to cost UK manufacturers 66 billion GBP  because of disruption caused by the pandemic. Consequently, the quest to improve efficiency, cut waste and enhance supply chain operations is one that suppliers know all too well. Here Chris Johnson, managing director at miniature bearings specialist SMB Bearings, explains how the Internet of Things

Read more

Guardara uncovers key zero day vulnerability in IoT message broker software

Posted on: September 24, 2021

Developer-focused code security specialist Guardara announces it has uncovered a Zero Day Vulnerability in open source software from EMQ, the provider of open source software for IoT devices. The vulnerability, which was uncovered by a non-security expert using Guardara’s powerful testing tool, could have significant implications for connected IoT devices depending on NanoMQ.

Read more