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November 15, 2011

SFR Presents Embedded SIM at Cartes & IDentification
By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor

SFR (News - Alert), a telecommunications operator in France, is set to present embedded SIM at the CARTES & IDentification congress in France.

The company has partnered with Vodafone, Giesecke & Devrient (News - Alert) (G&D) and Gemalto to demonstrate how a new standard for embedded SIM cards and related infrastructure can speed the delivery of a variety of connected devices to customers.

Over the coming months, in order to improve the customer experience, more manufacturers will include a wireless data connection in electronic devices beyond handsets.

SFR expects embedded SIMs to play an important role in this change and is participating in the pilot implementation to show how the mobile industry is moving towards creating a common standard for management of embedded SIMs.

The pilot architecture is based on the recommendations of the GSMA (News - Alert) Taskforce set up to drive a common standard and the delivery of the first commercial products is scheduled from next year.

Elaborating on embedded SIM, companies note that it can be built into a variety of electronic devices. This SIM can then be activated both before and after the customer or enterprise has received their device.

Once the activation is completed, mobile operators can remotely set up a customer’s personal account onto a device while maintaining end-to-end security.

The GSM Association (GSMA) announced its commitment earlier this year to drive a global standard for embedded SIMs.

This move was made to enable manufacturers to design connected devices that will work on any network in any country.

Read a related article at TMCnet “GSMA Launches Mobile Health University Challenge.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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