3 reasons why eSIM is the future of enterprise connectivity
by Tomasz WOZNIAK, Embedded Connectivity Director at IDEMIA
- eSIMs enable constant connection to mobile networks, they optimize connectivity management, including security-wise
- Equipping enterprise devices with these reprogrammable SIM cards will improve employees’ nomadic user experience
- eSIMs also simplify the management and personalization of enterprise device pools for IT managers
For businesses, resorting to eSIM in their enterprise devices is bound to provide a host of advantages, ranging from easier technical management to increased security and cost optimization. And mobile operators as well as device manufacturers have a lot to gain as well. Here’s how.
The embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC), a.k.a. eSIM, opens new possibilities in terms of device connectivity, as it can be used to equip terminals that didn’t traditionally have a SIM card. Think laptops and tablets, but also smart watches, printers, digital cameras, etc. Directly soldered into the device, the eSIM is remotely reprogrammable so that its subscription credentials can be easily managed.
This technology is already quite widely adopted by device manufacturers (just last February, ASUS launched a new tablet equipped with an eSIM provided by IDEMIA) and beyond: auto manufacturers use it to bring connectivity but also for monitoring and diagnostics telematics services in cars. But by and large, it remains mostly unknown to the general public.
One of the initial advantages of eSIM concerns design of the device: as it takes up less space, it allows for thinner devices. But beyond these practical considerations, and as manufacturers and mobile operators look at how to increasingly include eSIM in their devices and services, companies should consider the benefits this technology can offer them in their daily operations in terms of cost, security, saved time for IT managers and ease-of-use for employees.
Employees freed from the hassles of finding wifi
From the employee’s point of view, eSIM-equipped devices, by being constantly connected to local mobile networks, provide seamless, always-on connectivity. Think of what that means in terms of never having to search for that fleeting wifi network when traveling, for example.
Instead, wherever they are in the world, they can rely on the omnipresence, security and rapidly increasing capacity of mobile networks – which is only going to keep growing with the advent of 5G. eSIMs also offer the possibility to manage several operator profiles simultaneously, allowing for example employees to easily have a professional line and personal line on one unique device.
Devices and their users at IT managers’ fingertips
When it comes to devices, companies tend to function with a one-to-many model: IT managers have to deal with entire pools of devices, managing different profiles, access rights, people leaving, others arriving, etc. With eSIM, their job becomes significantly easier: no need to distribute physical SIM cards when the company decides to change operators, for example. Profiles are personalized, communication and data plans are adjusted – and costs optimized in the process – all thanks to remote management tools enabled by digitalization.
The onboarding of new employees is also simplified in the process. No need to wait for the arrival of their company SIM card: as soon as their eSIM profile is created, they can instantly enjoy access to complete worldwide connectivity with their new enterprise devices.
No more untrustworthy connections
The benefits of eSIM extend to security aspects as well. Security standards on mobile networks are high – even more so when compared to public wifi networks in airports, hotels or cafés – as they are secure by default and equipped with embedded cryptography.
For companies whose employees handle sensitive data on a daily basis, eSIM connectivity is particularly valuable.
More services to sell for MNOs and manufacturers
As all this shows, the benefits of eSIM for companies and their employees are self-evident. But mobile network operators (MNOs) and device manufacturers also have a lot to gain with the spread of this technology in enterprises.
For MNOs, larger numbers of connected devices using their networks – including with the advent of new categories of previously unconnected devices like printers – will quite simply translate into increased sales of mobile subscriptions and services. eSIM represents a real opportunity for them to seize.
As for device manufacturers, incorporating eSIM connectivity in their products can become an element of differentiation from competition, with the promise of simplifying connectivity management for users. They can also rely on it to develop “device-as-a-service” offers, where customers, typically small businesses with limited in-house IT capacities, buy a bundle comprising connected PCs, mobile devices and services, all in one hassle-free package. More eSIM connectivity can translate into including more connectivity in these offers.
For all these reasons, eSIM is the way to go for enterprise connectivity, now and in the years to come. At IDEMIA we are actively working together with device makers and OS providers as well as with mobile operators to make this new enterprise connectivity experience come to life.