Infineon and Tata Communications launch IoT eSIM for use in 200 locations
29 April 2020 | Melanie Mingas
Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) has unveiled a comprehensive turnkey eSIM solution for IoT devices and applications, that will benefit from carrier-agnostic cellular coverage in more than 200 countries, following a partnership with Tata Communications.
Infineon said its OPTIGA™ Connect eSIM is based on “leading-edge security hardware” and comes with pre-integrated carrier-agnostic cellular coverage, with Tata Communications’ MOVE™ mobility and IoT platform leveraged for reach.
“With the progressive rise of IoT devices and the pervasiveness of cloud-based platforms and 5G deployment, cellular IoT connectivity will become a leading technology within the next few years,” says Lars Wemme, head of IoT security at Infineon’s digital security solutions division. “Infineon’s comprehensive eSIM portfolio of easy-to-integrate solutions perfectly meets the specific demands of IoT device manufacturers.”
According to ABI research, total eSIM shipments for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications such as asset tracking, energy management or mobile healthcare are expected to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 18% from 101 million units in 2019 to 232 million by 2024.
The eSIM allows device manufacturers to deliver products capable of worldwide use, instead of having to deliver specific versions for particular markets.
The eSIM conforms to the Remote SIM Provision specification from the GSMA. Connecting a device or even a fleet of devices to the internet can be entirely managed remotely via an online portal. This remote activation and configuration of IoT devices over the air enables a more automated, secured approach to bringing large numbers of devices online.
Furthermore, manufacturers can select connectivity providers after production, shipment and deployment of the device and change them throughout its lifecycle, increasing ease of use as well as flexibility regarding selecting MNOs and data plans.
The eSIM is powered by Infineon’s SLM97 security controller, providing a high-performance and GSMA eSIM M2M V3.2 compliant operating system, as well as worldwide coverage of 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, LTE-M and NB-IoT. The eSIM portfolio comes in different quality grades and form factors.
In September 2019, Tata Communications MOVE platform was implemented by Neeco to offer integrated IoT services to its customers, enabling them to deploy IoT connected device around the world.