Conventional SIM cards have been in use for more than 25 years, since the mobile network was launched. Since then and SIM cards must be physically replaced to change the service provider, thus causing a lot of inconvenience.
Embedded-SIM (eSIM) technology opens up a more innovative path, but it is not widely used in the world yet – at least on a national scale.
This technology improves reliability and network security, while also reducing space requirements. An eSIM can be provisioned remotely, this means end-users can add or remove operators without the need to physically swap a SIM from the device.
Once eSIM starts operating, replacing the SIM card will be one of the things we will forget in the future.
Lithuania is considering becoming one of the first countries to regulate and give the right for service users to receive public communications services via eSIM.
‘If the Law on Electronic Communications (LEC) amendments are adopted, Lithuania would be one of the first countries in the European Union to regulate this innovation starting 2023. With this innovative eSIM technology, all kinds of devices, including mobile phones, will be unlinked from SIM cards,’ says Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis.
Impact and advantages in other areas
It expected that, the regulation of the eSIM innovation in Lithuania will facilitate the emergence of smart cities, development and application of the Internet of Things and 5G, it will also allow delivering more effective services in the sectors of logistics, transport, energy, financial services, environment, healthcare, etc.
At the same time, technology is expected to have an impact on global challenges and their solutions, setting the possibility of cooperation with other countries in this field.
The implementation of the eSIM technology is particularly important to the energy sector, which has an abundance of smart monitoring devices. The use of eSIM in smart monitoring devices will reduce the service costs for such devices. This technology can be installed in many elements of logistics – containers, vehicles, sensors in logistic centres or even the products transported.
The eSIM technology can be widely used in the environment sector as well – with the aid of this innovative technology, special indoor, outdoor or underwater devices would gather, analyse and efficiently provide data on air and water quality.