Telefonica, Unicom Team on M2M SIMs

Telefónica and China Unicom present their collaboration on flexible over-the-air personalization of M2M SIMs

March 9, 2012

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BARCELONA -- Telefónica, through its recently created unit Telefónica Digital, and China Unicom, with the collaboration of Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), have proved a secure, pre-standard solution for remotely managing M2M SIMs subscription data based on the principles of the embedded SIM. The solution allows transferring subscriptions between Telefónica Spain, Telefónica UK, Telefónica Germany and China Unicom over the air.

This solution will enable Telefónica and China Unicom to provide global services to their customers based on a unique SIM quite adapted to the local requirements. Secure profiles from Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) can be loaded later in the supply chain, including post-sale, and their profiles can be revised during the lifetime of the device. It will, among other things, allow a simple swapping of MNOs to support a change of subscription, a network upgrade or swap out, a change of device ownership or long term relocations.

With this type of remote subscription management, device makers can manufacture devices with M2M SIMs on a cost optimised production setup, while MNOs can customize their M2M connectivity offerings for this specific target market.

China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU)

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