Prepare your IoT business for success
In IoT, it’s important to understand how different technologies impact your connectivity, integrations, and costs. In consumer situations, eUICCs are a cost-effective method of switching operator profiles. In the M2M use cases it requires an upfront investment to create new integrations and involves changing some of your systems.
Another option is to use multi-IMSI SIM cards that already provide several operator profiles that automatically switch when entering a country - while staying on the same communication platform.
At EMnify we enable manufacturers to build truly global IoT devices. If you have any questions relating to eUICCs and the best platform for enabling this technology, our team is always happy to help and offer advice.
Switching MNOs with an eUICC
In the last 20 years of GSM connectivity, there has never been a development like this. The eUICC has been dubbed the next evolution of the SIM because it enables users to change provider profiles OTA, revolutionizing the way SIM cards connect globally.
But there’s still one major consideration you need to keep in mind when initiating an eUICC deployment: your plan for switching MNOs.
An eUICC makes it possible to change MNOs remotely. But it’s really only convenient for consumers. For M2M manufacturers, it’s both expensive and difficult to reintegrate your service profile and associated rules and controls into a new MNOs infrastructure.
Your connectivity management, billing, and provisioning systems all depend on your service profile and these established rules and controls. It’s these dependencies and the potential interruption to them in the event of changing your MNO that you need to plan for when initiating an eUICC deployment.
When selecting a SIM provider and connectivity platform, you need to understand how they will aid the potential switching process and affect your systems.
The following questions can help you preempt any issues with the controls your connectivity system depends on:
- Will your connectivity provider enable you to connect globally, or will you require multiple service contracts with MNOs?
- If you need to switch the MNO for a specific SIM/device, what other aspects of your connectivity system will change? What is the process of integrating your service profile into the new MNO’s infrastructure?
- What external connections may be interrupted as a result of switching? For example, will there be changes to your addressing settings (IP address, phone number), and how will this affect the services that connect to your devices? What will the new connectivity management portal look like? How will you ensure that the information you need will be there? What about the API for SIM activation and deactivation?