The Internet of Things (IoT) has been rapidly expanding over the last few years, enabling various industries to innovate and automate processes to increase efficiency and effectiveness. However, the lack of adequate security measures has resulted in a growing number of IoT-related security breaches, highlighting the need for improved security measures in this space.
One promising solution to improve IoT security is the embedded SIM (eSIM), which allows for remote provisioning and management of IoT devices. However, the deployment of eSIMs has been hampered by unsettled clashes between different stakeholders, slowing down the progress of this technology.
What is an eSIM?
An eSIM is an embedded SIM card that is soldered onto a device’s motherboard, eliminating the need for a physical SIM card. It allows for remote provisioning, management, and swapping of network profiles, making it an ideal solution for IoT devices.
However, the deployment of eSIMs has been hindered by clashes between mobile network operators (MNOs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). MNOs are concerned that eSIMs could enable OEMs to bypass them and establish direct relationships with end-users. On the other hand, OEMs are worried that MNOs could exert too much control over their devices and limit their ability to innovate.
The eSIM has been a topic of debate among MNOs and OEMs for several years. MNOs have been hesitant to adopt the technology, as it threatens their control over the SIM card market. Traditionally, MNOs have been responsible for providing SIM cards and managing the subscription services for IoT devices.
However, with eSIMs, OEMs could potentially take control of this process, which would leave MNOs out of the loop. As a result, MNOs have been hesitant to support eSIMs, and some have even lobbied against them.
Furthermore, OEMs are also concerned about the role of MNOs in the eSIM ecosystem. They fear that MNOs could use their power to limit their ability to innovate, leading to a stagnant market. As a result, OEMs have been pushing for a more open eSIM ecosystem that allows them to have more control over their devices.
Slow eSIM Update
The unresolved clashes between MNOs and OEMs have slowed down the deployment of eSIMs. The lack of support from MNOs has made it difficult for OEMs to adopt the technology, and some have even abandoned their eSIM plans altogether.
Furthermore, the lack of a unified eSIM standard has also contributed to the slow adoption of this technology. Different regions have different standards for eSIMs, making it difficult for OEMs to design and manufacture devices that can be deployed globally.
Way to Better IoT Security
Despite the challenges, the deployment of eSIMs is critical to improving IoT security. The ability to remotely manage and provision devices can enhance security measures and prevent potential security breaches.
To promote the adoption of eSIMs, there needs to be a collaborative effort between MNOs and OEMs. They need to work together to develop a unified eSIM standard that can be adopted globally. Furthermore, there needs to be a more open eSIM ecosystem that allows OEMs to innovate and take control of their devices.
The deployment of eSIMs has the potential to enhance IoT security measures, but the unsettled clashes between MNOs and OEMs have slowed down its progress. A collaborative effort between these stakeholders is needed to develop a unified eSIM standard and promote a more open eSIM ecosystem. By doing so, we can improve IoT security and prevent potential security breaches.