There is much debate and discussion around the use of embedded SIMs. To date, this has been limited to a small proportion of M2M applications although the potential is there for them to be employed in a wider range of devices. This includes consumer electronics devices as well as mobile phones; however, for this to occur there needs to be a shift in MNO strategies and business practices.
This report examines the barriers and drivers surrounding embedded SIMs and analyses the pros and cons in terms of their wider deployment. Balanced discussion of major factors, including flexible tariffs, subscription management, device distribution, and activation, as well as alternative business models and standards are presented in an objective manner. Likely outcomes, including forecast shipments for expected, upside, and downside scenarios are delivered with analysis of the differing factors affecting each.
Technical, market, and summary section form the basis of the report whilst the final chapter reviews the possible winners and losers in the event of the different outcomes, taking into account the positioning and strategies of different stakeholder groups as well as individual companies.