Technology is advancing at dizzying steps, improving the products are coming to market every year. In these products there are a number of standard features, such as networks that support, USB connectivity or own SIM phone. The eSIM, as we sold it a few months ago thing, would revolutionize the way we use our phone line.
All these standards also evolve to suit market needs. 4G networks are faster each time, the USB has become reversible and higher transfer rate and SIM cards are becoming smaller. However, it seems that the next evolution of SIM cards could come later than expected the market.
What it is and what is eSIM
The eSIM card is the natural evolution of the SIM card. After several downsizing, communications companies are working on a new SIM card standard that would integrated into the phones themselves instead of coming in a physical format.
These new cards have great importance in the market because we allow change operators easily without having to go through all the steps we go through today. Also, being included in the circuitry of the device rather than on a card with a corresponding reader, would reduce the size of smartphones.
Implementation deadlines are not being respected
However, despite all these advantages it seems that the deadlines for implementing the eSIM not appear to be fulfilled. As reported in The Economist , manufacturers and operators are not getting involved enough in the implementation of this new standard whose arrival was planned for next year.
According to sources of the newspaper, the implementation of the eSIM would have to meet Phase 1 this summer, but apparently there are delays. Currently only the Samsung Gear S2 LTE includes support for eSIM, and only marketed in Germany and the UK. Apple, meanwhile, is working on his own alternative to the eSIM, but do not know whether it will adopt the same standard (thing beforehand unlikely).
The phases of the eSIM that are not being met
What is Phase 1?
Phase 1 is the first phase of implementation of the eSIM, and aimed to implement the technology in an initial amount of electronic devices (phones, tablets, watches and bracelets). The period of this phase was agreed by the major operators worldwide during the last Mobile World Congress. The delay of Phase 1 results in phase 2 will begin later than expected.
What is the term of Phase 2?
After finishing the Phase 1 at the end of summer, aimed to start Phase 2. This phase is planned to begin at the end of summer and end at the end of the year or at the latest in early 2017.
The objective during this phase is that the chip implanted eSIM comenzase to massively in most phones. The own sources of The Economist have said that operators would begin to not work with the eSIM in Spain until the beginning of phase 2.
What is happening?
The implementation of the eSIM is being more complicated than we could hope for us, and it 's hard to know what is happening with this new standard on which are involved telephone operators (who must enable eSIM on their networks) manufacturers electronic components (those that manufacture integrated circuits) and the manufacturers of smartphones (who implement the solution).
Therefore, it is difficult to know who is primarily responsible, but from the day suggest that some European telcos do not support the eSIM because of the consequences that might imply that users can easily change operator. At the same time, other companies in the segment say that there will be a negative impact on the economy of telecommunications, contradicting the fears of the operators who do not look favorably on this technology.
For now we have the Samsung Gear S2 and no more device eSIM announced. In the remainder of the year we still have to meet the successor to the Galaxy Note, the new Nexus and iPhone 7 so there is at least the possibility that we see a pointer device eSIM by the end of the year.