eSIM likely to find its way into smartphones by 2018, IHS believes

eSIM likely to find its way into smartphones by 2018, IHS believes
The GSM Association has been working for quite a while on a so called embedded SIM (eSIM), but the standard has not been used in smartphones yet. So far, only wearables, Internet-of-Things (IоT) devices, consumer electronics gadgets and some variants of Apple’s iPad Pro have been equipped with such cards. However, the situation is expected to change, as the eSIMs are about to make their way into smartphones next year, or by 2019, according to industry observers.

Analysts from IHS Markit believe that incorporating eSIM into cellular handsets may start in 2018 as part of small testing introductions, while large-scale smartphone deployments by “tier-one suppliers such as Samsung, Apple and Huawei” are more probable to happen in 2019. And when tier-one suppliers begin to offer mobile devices with embedded SIMs, the eSIM market volume is expected to jump sharply.

According to IHS Markit’s predictions, the segment will increase nearly nine-fold over the next five years, from a relatively small base of 108.9 million shipments in 2016 to 986 million shipments in 2021. Of course, the removable SIM cards are not going to be replaced overnight, but their shipments and proportional market shares are supposed to gradually decline over time — from 5.4 billion shipments (98.0% of the total) in 2016 to 5.1 billion (83.9% of the total) in 2021.


The IHS observers are convinced that the embedded Subscriber Identity Modules have potential benefits for everyone in the ecosystem, including smartphone users, carriers, and SIM hardware suppliers. But no comments on the IHS Markit’s report have been made so far by the companies mentioned above, so their plans about moving towards eSIM are not clear yet.

source: IHS Markit

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10 Comments

1. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Maybe I missed it.. but what were the benefits of eSIM?

2. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

http://images.anandtech.com/doci/11175/esim_1.jpg Saving space, easier to switching, easier to sealing.

3. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

You forgot - easier f***ing of the consumer, I'll take the iPhone to incorporate these first.

8. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

thats the first thing i thought, carriers might be able to lock devices to their service easier like sprint

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2263; Member since: May 04, 2015

One step closer to region locked phones maybe?

5. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Yup. A step closer to NWO agenda. Enjoy your illusion of freedom while it exists.

6. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I am guessing you can't lock an esim to a certain carrier then? If you can everyone e will buy unlocked, or will unlocked phones no longer exist anymore?

7. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Yeah....you do this and I'll go back to a flip phone. Is about the carrier controlling every aspect of your mobile experience. Anytime you need to adjust or make change, have to contact the carrier. We did this in the '90s, no thx.

9. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

sounds like they want to give carriers more control over what people do with their devices.

10. mariosraptor

Posts: 178; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Esim. The best way to track anyone. They can't throw the phone also.

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