The number of eSIM active (embedded in devices) will go from 1,200 million in 2021 to 3,400 million in 2025, which represents a growth of 180%. This is shown by a study of G + D prepared by the consultancy Juniper Research, according to which currently 94% of eSIMs are used in consumer devices and their use continues to spread in the industrial environment. In fact, the study points out that there are currently 760 million eSIMs embedded in connected IoT devices and sensors.
There are currently 760 million eSIMs embedded in connected IoT devices and sensors
The study shows that in the last five years the most relevant manufacturers and telephony operators in the industry have promoted the transition in their installed base from classic SIM cards to eSIM, a chip permanently installed in the device where you can download the profiles of the mobile phone operators via Wi-Fi or the mobile network.
It is expected that by 2023 this technology will be incorporated into practically all of its new device models
At the end of 2020 there were already 110 models of smartphones, smart watches and bracelets, laptops and tablets equipped with eSIM and, with the arrival of mid-range smartphones with eSIM and the growth of 5G, This technology is expected to be incorporated into practically all of its new models by 2023.
Promising future for eSIMs.Advantages of eSIM
G + D confirms that eSIM technology has been spreading unstoppably in the market due to its advantages over conventional SIM cards, starting with its Easy to use. When users sign up or change their network provider, they no longer have to manipulate small plastic cards or their device to remove and insert them; and they also don’t need to worry about the different formats of SIM cards.
Likewise, the use of this technology offers more speed. Users can activate their mobile contracts completely digitally using their own device, simply by scanning, for example, a QR code located on the operator’s customer portal. There is, therefore, no need to go to a service point and not wait for the SIM card to be sent by mail; which means that they can start using their device almost immediately.
On the other hand, it is more flexible. With classic SIM cards it is only possible to use a single mobile communications contract. On the contrary, through eSIM users can install and switch between multiple contracts with the corresponding contractual conditions of the operators. It is also possible to use multiple phone numbers, for example one private and one work.
ESIM technology is also more adapted to travel. When on the go, the flexibility of eSIM is especially helpful. Business or vacation travelers can simply activate an additional mobile phone provider for local voice and data needs or they can sign a contract with a provider that offers low rates worldwide instead of paying roaming rates, all in a very simple way.
One last advantage is that it is more sustainable and respectful with the environment. Since the chip that receives the eSIM data is built directly into the device, it is no longer necessary to manufacture plastic frames for SIM cards, which often end up in the trash every time a new one is purchased. Additionally, they do not need to be sent by post, which also means that the CO2 associated with that transport is eliminated.
According Steffen Frenck, Head of Strategy and Marketing at G + D: “Currently we see a very strong growth of eSIMs in the consumer area, but we hope that this trend will also accelerate in the industrial environment with the arrival of 5G networks that are currently being deployed. The reason – Frenck adds – is eSIMs offer unbeatable benefits. They are as secure as classic SIM cards but they make it much easier for users to activate, change or combine mobile phone contracts and are the most environmentally friendly way to access secure and secure mobile networks. according to the standards ”.