China Unicom and Telefónica Digital, with its partner Telstra, have developed a remote management service for embedded M2M SIMs based on the cooperation and technical support of Giesecke & Devrient (G&D).
The service will provide a working framework composed of a management platform and working eSIM samples, which are compatible with GSMA standard definitions. The service is a result of the M2M strategic agreement signed by China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.) and Telefónica (Marid) in October 2011 to develop the M2M market perspectives.
China Unicom, through cooperation with Telefónica, has made a pre-standard service for remote management of embedded SIM subscriptions data based on the principles of the embedded SIM that is being developed by the GSMA and other collaborating international standards bodies. This service allows remote management of the subscription data of M2M embedded SIMs , including remote activation on demand, subscription transfer between different M2M devices, subscription replacement (for example, subscription swapping between China Unicom and Telefónica Spain, Telefónica UK, Telefónica Germany, and Telstra over the air.), says Telefonica.
This service will enable China Unicom, and Telefónica together with the new operator partners to manage embedded SIM services to M2M users, meet M2M service requirements, and adapt to local and global service provisions. Secure profiles from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can be downloaded to the embedded SIMs depending on business rules and needs in scenarios such as: equipment production lines, test facilities, commercial launching environments and post-sale of M2M products, says the companies.
Moreover, their profiles can be revised during the lifetime of the device. It will allow swapping of MNOs to support scenarios like: specific roaming conditions, network changes and upgrade, service delete, and change of device ownership, says Telefonica.
With this type of remote subscription management, device makers can manufacture devices with M2M embedded SIMs and ensure connectivity support for the lifetime of the device no matter what market conditions they may face, while MNOs can customize their M2M connectivity offerings for this specific target market.
According to Telefonica, the main cornerstones of this trial are the subscription management enabled M2M embedded SIMs with remote management capabilities, a subscription management platform -hosted in a secure G&D environment- and an MNO specific portal developed for various operators (China Unicom, Telefónica, and Telstra).