Iran’s second largest mobile operator MTN-Irancell over the weekend announced that it is set to develop eSIMs (embedded Subscriber Identity Module)
The project was announced during an event held at Irancell’s headquarters in Tehran, ISNA reported.
The term eSIM relates to a new standard being promoted by the GSM Association (commonly referred to as ‘the GSMA’) — a trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. It is a SIM-card that is embedded in the mobile device. The eSIM stores all information that is necessary to identify and authenticate the mobile subscriber.
The information on the eSIM will be rewritable by all operators, meaning a user can decide to switch operators with a simple phone call. A new SIM will not be required, nor should there be any time delay in switching the eSIM to its new purpose. There will also be no physical swapping over required by the user.
Moreover, one of the other advantages eSIMs offer from a design point of view is that they take up less space compared to conventional SIM-cards and the tray that holds them.