Myth Busting: eUICC and Non-Disruptive Technology

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Myth Busting: eUICC and Non-Disruptive Technology

Published: Thu 18 May 2017 | by Nigel Chadwick

In this series, we have been looking at the future of global connectivity and how Stream Technologies' IoT-X platform can help businesses to integrate new technologies with expanding, modern communication networks. In my final piece, let's address some other points, including some of the myths and scare stories around eUICC (embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card) solutions.

eUICC Connectivity

Some MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) fear eUICC-enabled solutions may promote what has historically been referred to as "churn". The reality is that neither Stream nor the enterprise client seek to switch MNOs. If the MNO's service is good quality, the network footprint and availability sufficient and if pricing is market-commercially appropriate, then where is the logic in switching to another network? Nevertheless, although switching might not make economic sense under current conditions, having the ability to switch is a guarantee of future flexibility and compatibility.

A second myth is that an eUICC solution must be an eSIM (embedded SIM). This is a miscommunication within the market which has confused operators and enterprises alike. Contrary to popular belief, eUICC SIM cards are available in all the standard SIM formats. One of the key benefits of eUICC and the GSMA specification is that it enables switching to occur on a single (e)SIM. There are specific instances when switching to another network should be facilitated.

Here are some examples:

  • Being able to switch to a specific initial network for data transit once a device containing an eUICC-enabled SIM is first deployed.
  • Being able to switch to another cellular network if data transit is either interrupted or is not continuous. This may be because of compromising degradation or unavailability of network connectivity to the device.

The first point is merely a fundamental benefit of "build once - deploy anywhere". The second point holds the interest of the customer to the fore and ensures quality of connectivity service through minimising disruption. This is a requirement that will become increasingly demanded by IoT customers and will ultimately become standard over time.

Non-Disruptive Is the New Disruptive

Readers may think this is a curious statement. Disruptive technology has been the in vogue claim of many heirs to the technology titan throne. I believe eUICC technology is transformative rather than disruptive in the sense that it is currently understood. Recent developments have the potential to introduce new delivery and commercial models around connectivity, requiring multiple evolved technologies. They have the potential to open massive scaling in cellular connected devices and data transit.

What about all of this rapid change could be considered non-disruptive? MNOs and enterprise clients seek integrations and technology deployments that have minimal adverse impact or disruptive tendencies. While rapid change is required to enable these technologies, once they are in place, they will offer a seamless, contiguous experience for end users, analysts and installers alike. This is the beauty of Stream Technologies' innovative new solution. We incorporate Agile, APIs, and Agnostic - the gold standards of eUICC connectivity - into the DNA of IoT-X, making it the world's most evolved CMP (Connectivity Management Platform).

 

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