eSIM in the Consumer Market
The consumer eSIM market remains in a nascent phase, but one which is rapidly evolving in terms of device support and component development. 2017 proved an extremely important year for the consumer eSIM market, thanks to the launch of the Google Pixel 2, alongside the Apple LTE Watch series 3. Despite this, the market is still awaiting its tipping point and in the interim, those active in the development of the required eSIM hardware have been innovating through technology convergence in a bid to differentiate prior to tipping point realization.
The eSIM form-factor is one which is transformative in nature, which will undoubtedly impact the entire SIM value chain in some way, shape, or form, impacting business models, sales channels, processes across smart card, secure IC, MNO, and OEM vendor types.Continue
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This year’s Trustech 2018 event had a common theme, with a host of vendors including FPC, IDEX, NEXT Biometrics, Gemalto, IDEMIA, Precise Biometrics, NXP, and Infineon having a heavy focus on pitching their respective biometric payment card technologies and/or exploring the related opportunities. Today the market is at an infliction point, with a number of pilots at various stages, and the year 2018 marking the beginning of the evaluation phase with an expectation that certification for mass commercial rollouts will be achieved as early as 2Q or 3Q 2019.
The eSIM remains a hot topic and one which original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), mobile network operators (MNOs), smart card and secure IC vendors continue to explore, prepare and strategize. Today, the handset market has begun to move, driven by Google’s recently launched Pixel 2 handsets with eSIM inclusion, raising expectations that other OEMs will follow suit. In addition, the rise of the eSIM has raised fears that it may be used as a platform for OEMs to directly compete with its current MNO customer base, using the eSIM as a platform from which to launch MVNO services.
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As an emergent technology, few have been as disruptive as blockchain in stirring up furor with regards to its transformative potential. With some hailing it as the next digital miracle, and others disdaining it as vaporware hype, the spectacular volatility of Bitcoin has only served to stoke the fires of debate. There is groundbreaking value in the emerging blockchain phenomena beyond cryptocurrencies, notably around manufacturing and supply chain logistics. Can blockchains be leveraged to reduce friction for faster and more efficient logistics in industrial manufacturing and supply? This webinar will seek to explore the applicability of blockchain to further the Industry 4.0 movement.
This webinar will address the following five questions:
- How can blockchain be used in industrial applications?
- What is the potential of smart contracts for manufacturing?
- How can ledger technology deliver logistics 4.0?
- How can blockchain streamline the supply chain?
- Is blockchain a viable technology for Industry 4.0?
Following the webinar, ABI Research Enabling Platforms Vice President, Dan Shey, will give attendees an introduction of our new Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) research service.Replay
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