GSMA task force to push embedded SIMs


GSMA task force will comprise operators and look to increase M2M connectivity in non-traditional electronics devices

The GSM Association (GSMA) has appointed a task force to explore the development of an embedded SIM that can be remotely activated by operators in the hope it will speed up the development of M2M services, allowing non-traditional devices such as cameras to carry mobile broadband.

It expects the new SIM activation capability to appear in 2012.

The task force will be made up of a group of technical experts, drawn from operators including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone.

GSMA chief executive Rob Conway (pictured) said: “ As our industry moves from connecting phones to connecting a wide range of devices, it is apparent that the embedded SIM could deliver even greater flexibility.

“The embedded SIM will provide assured levels of security and portability for consumers, as well as provide additional functionality for enabling new services such as e-Wallet and NFC applications.”