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Believe it or not, SIM cards are a thing of the past
If you haven’t heard already, nihub is working in partnership with VALID, a Brazilian multinational secure technology solutions company. Our aim is to attract some of the most promising up-and-coming startups and entrepreneurs in the innovation industry to apply to the VALID 5G+AIoT Accelerator Program. That means we’re looking for early stage companies that can complete the 5G millimetre wave ecosystem. That is, can your company harness 5G’s potential to deliver high data rate content across mobile platforms and AIoT, and/or even find ways to improve vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, among many other potential possibilities? If you believe your company has what it takes, make sure to apply to the VALID 5G+AIoT Accelerator Program!
Today, we will be talking about one of 5G’s applications, and that is the eSIM. The eSIM stands for ‘embedded SIM’. This means that instead of having a physical SIM card, the SIM technology is built right into the phone’s mainboard. It is a small chip used to authenticate your identity with your mobile phone provider.
Now, what makes the eSIM so interesting and exciting? Two main reasons.
Firstly, given that the current physical SIM cards have plastic around the actual working chip, it is possible that the eSIM may make our phones smaller by removing that plastic. So, by embedding the SIM into the phone’s mainboard, you are reducing the phone’s size, making it more user friendly, as well as also removing any possible slots and openings that could be compromised by water or dust. This leaves more room in the phone for a bigger battery, for instance.
And, secondly, the ability to change mobile carriers without needing to get a new SIM card is a huge advantage of the eSIM. By connecting your mobile device to the Internet of Things (IoT), you can download subscription details from your mobile network operator without needing to change SIM cards. For those among us who are frequent flyers, this would be a remarkable feat! It would mean no more waiting around for a new SIM card to arrive; just connect your device to the IoT, download the necessary mobile data, and be on your way! Efficient right? Not only this, but the eSIM technology can also support multiple accounts which makes switching between mobile operators as easy as taking candy from a baby.
Needless to say, eSIM applications extend far beyond mobile network communications. Apple have used eSIMs in their Apple Watches while connected cars also make use of the technology. So, if you are a startup that can develop eSIM technologies in mobile telecommunications and other industries, make sure to apply to the VALID 5G+AIoT Accelerator Program!