New 5G SIM from Gemalto claims improved data privacy, enhanced security and seamless 5G global roaming

Digital security specialist, Gemalto is claiming an industry-first for its 5G SIM. It is designed to meet operator requirements for the new generation of network deployments which will emerge in 2019. 

Compliant with the latest ETSI 3GPP specifications and SIM alliance recommendations, the 5G SIM is defined by ETSI as the only solution capable of securing 5G network access. The Gemalto 5G SIM is not only said to offer improved data privacy and seamless 5G global roaming imposed by the latest standards but is also reportedly the first to add enhanced protection against hacking to anticipate future requirements.

By 2024, 5G network coverage is expected to reach 40% of the global population, and will account for 1.5 billion subscriptions. Leveraging the benefits of 5G, key use cases of the new SIM are set to include enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT applications, and critical communication infrastructures.

The Gemalto 5G SIM will be available in all SIM form factors (removable SIM, M2M SIMeSIM), during the first half of 2019. Key benefits of the new 5G SIM include full anonymisation of end-to-end subscriber identities thanks to onboard identity encryption; it eliminates the potential to misuse such information to locate and trace individuals, or collect personal data, and ensures mobile operators comply with regulations such as GDPR.

Emmanuel Unguran

In addition, trusted environment resilience will help operators secure the entire SIM lifecycle, eliminating exposure to hacking attacks and accidental breaches. A seamless 5G roaming experience is also supported, maximising revenues and enhancing the customer experience.

Gemalto has been working closely with key 5G industry stakeholders around the world in the development of 5G SIM, through standardisation, prototyping and testing.

“The 5G SIM provides the foundation of trust in this next generation mobile network for operators and other stakeholders in the eco-system” says Emmanuel Unguran, EVP Mobile Services & IoT Business Unit, for Gemalto. “It will help operators unleash the full 5G potential, maximise their network investments, and simplify new service deployment with full backward compatibility to previous 3G/4G technology.”

Qualcomm Technologies has a longstanding relationship with Gemalto focused on delivering mobile solutions with robust security,” adds Gautam Sheoran, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“We are now extending this collaboration to allow OEMs to easily develop exciting 5G devices with strong security, using both Gemalto 5G SIM and our next generation flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform to pave the path for 5G commercialisation in 2019.”

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