eUICC, a Disruption in the SIM Market

  • ID: 2351796
  • November 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 134 Pages
  • Smart Insights
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The mobile telecommunications industry undergoes permanent dynamic development and evolution. Speeds are increasing, value-added services expand revenue sources, prime costs are being reduced, and many other aspects are being optimized.

The SIM card, one of the core features of mobile telecommunications industry is also subject to the optimization process. Evolving from bank card size, to plug-in, micro- and nano-SIM cards, the subscriber identity module is expected to be reduced even more changing from a removable physical form factor to an embedded one.

Performances of secure transactions industry players allow further miniaturization of SIM cards, while ensuring the best level of security. Embedding SIM card into mobile communication device completely coincides with current trends of smooth look and enhanced functionality of high profile mobile handsets.

Not only mobile embedded SIM (or eUICC) is expected to free valuable space in popular communication devices, it will also ensure more flexible control and handling of key communication and additional services. Remote management of secure identity module bids fair to bring more business opportunities to the whole READ MORE >

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Executive Summary

Table of contents

Table of Illustrations

1 Removable UICC

1.1 Overview

1.2 UICC roles

1.3 SIM / UICC Architecture

1.4 SIM functions

1.5 SIM card contains

1.6 SIM card form factors

1.7 GSM network architecture

1.8 Removable SIM advantages

1.8.1 For end-user

1.8.2 For MNOs

1.8.3 For supply chain

1.9 Customer Care

1.10 UICC / USIM standards

1.10.1 Core specifications

1.10.2 Test specifications

1.11 SIM card shipments

1.12 Market description

1.12.1 SIM Manufacturers

1.12.2 MNOs

1.12.3 Mobile Handsets Manufacturers


2.1 Overview

2.2 M2M SIM vs. mobile SIM

2.3 eUICC notion

2.4 M2M eUICC advantages

2.4.1 For end-user

2.4.2 For MNOs

2.4.3 For supply chain

2.5 M2M eUICC remote subscription management

2.5.1 M2M SIM provisioning use cases

2.5.2 M2M SIM subscription management

2.5.3 M2M eUICC remote subscription management Connected consumer electronics M2M communications identity module concept

3 Mobile eUICC

3.1 Overview

3.2 eUICC architecture

3.3 Mobile eUICC functions

3.4 Mobile eUICC advantages

3.4.1 For end-user

3.4.2 For MNOs

3.4.3 For eUICC supply chain

3.4.4 For handset manufacturers

3.4.5 For service providers

3.5 Mobile eUICC disadvantages

3.5.1 For end user

3.5.2 For MNOs

3.5.3 For eUICC supply chain

3.5.4 For handset manufacturers

3.6 Mobile eUICC issues

3.6.1 Challenges for eUICC

3.6.2 Challenges for eUICC ecosystem Multiple operators access Standardization Certification OTA interoperability End user relationship

3.6.3 Security issues

3.6.4 Owner rights issues

3.6.5 GSMA eUICC requirements

3.6.6 ETSI use cases

3.6.7 SIMalliance recommendations

3.7 Mobile eUICC ecosystem potential players

3.8 Mobile eUICC remote subscription management

3.8.1 Current mobile UICC subscription provisioning

3.8.2 Mobile eUICC lifecycle states

3.8.3 Remote subscription management Dynamic SIM allocation Remote eUICC subscription management

3.8.4 Authentication key provisioning

3.8.5 LTE OTA platform

3.8.6 Benefits of remote subscription management

3.9 eUICC adoption scenarios

3.9.1 Scenario #1 – MNOs control eUICC

3.9.2 Scenario #2 – handset makers push eUICC

3.9.3 Scenario #3 – Android OS maker pushes eUICC

3.9.4 Scenario #4 – third parties push eUICC

3.9.5 Possible provisioning models

3.10 Customer Care

3.10.1 Customer care in mobile eUICC ecosystem

3.10.2 Remote mobile device management

4 Hypothetic scenario – UICC dematerialization

4.1 Soft SIM

4.2 Trusted execution environment

5 Regulatory aspects

5.1 Overview

5.2 ETSI

5.3 GlobalPlatform

5.4 GSMA

5.5 SIMalliance

Table of acronyms

1 Table of Illustrations
Illustration 1 Removable UICC advantages

Illustration 2 Functional architecture of mono-application card vs. multi-application platform

Illustration 3 SIM form factors comparison

Illustration 4 GSM network architecture

Illustration 5 Volumes of SIM card shipments

Illustration 6 SIM card shipments by region, 2011

Illustration 7 SIM card shipments by form factor, 2011

Illustration 8 Number of network subscribers worldwide, 2009-2015

Illustration 9 Top ten MNOs by subscriptions number

Illustration 10 Top ten mobile handset manufacturers, 2011

Illustration 11 Top ten mobile handset manufacturers, 2011 (#2)

Illustration 12 Mobile handset shipments, 2010-2011 (#3)

Illustration 13 Top five smartphone manufacturers, by global sales, 2011 (#1)

Illustration 14 Top three smartphone manufacturers, by global sales, 2011 (#2)

Illustration 15 Top five smartphone markets, by country, 2011-2012 and 2016

Illustration 16 Connected devices number, 2011

Illustration 17 Connected devices number, 2020

Illustration 18 Connected devices revenue opportunity, 2020

Illustration 19 M2M market CAGR

Illustration 20 Wireless M2M market, 2015

Illustration 21 M2M UICC vs. mobile UICC

Illustration 22 Current M2M UICC deployment mode

Illustration 23 New M2M eUICC deployment mode

Illustration 24 Remote personalization of CCE

Illustration 25 Logistics and provisioning processes for eUICC

Illustration 26 UICC vs. eUICC main differences

Illustration 27 Potential eUICC architecture, #1

Illustration 28 Potential eUICC architecture, #2

Illustration 29 G&D eUICC ‘proof-of-the-concept'

Illustration 30 G&D approach to eUICC subscription management

Illustration 31 SIM supply chain

Illustration 32 Challenges for eUICC ecosystem

Illustration 33 Standardization roadmap

Illustration 34 Current mobile eUICC subscription provisioning model

Illustration 35 Mobile eUICC lifecycle states

Illustration 36 Evolving Systems financial results

Illustration 37 Evolving Systems DSA solution components and interfaces

Illustration 38 Profile management use cases

Illustration 39 Profile provisioning with eUICC

Illustration 40 Profile changing with eUICC

Illustration 41 Remote subscription management roles

Illustration 42 Potential regional network evolution, 2020

Illustration 43 Remote subscription management (MNO & end user)

Illustration 44 eUICC value chain

Illustration 45 eUICC shipments, scenario #1

Illustration 46 Vodafone financial results

Illustration 47 Nokia distribution channels, 2006

Illustration 48 Remote subscription management (DV & end user)

Illustration 49 Apple financial results

Illustration 50 eUICC shipments, scenario #2

Illustration 51 Worldwide smartphone shipments by OS, 2011

Illustration 52 Google financial results

Illustration 53 eUICC shipments, scenario #3

Illustration 54 Remote subscription management (SM & EU)

Illustration 55 Facebook financial results

Illustration 56 Amazon financial results

Illustration 57 Groupon financial results

Illustration 58 eUICC shipments, scenario #4

Illustration 59 Main possible provisioning models of eUICC

Illustration 60 End-user customer care poll

Illustration 61 Remote mobile device management

Illustration 62 Reasons why standardize (MNO point of view)

Illustration 63 Reasons why standardize (eUICC manufacturer point of view)

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