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Giesecke & Devrient commercially deliver AirOn Version 4 for eSIM Management

Munich, June 28th, 2016 – With the highest share of commercial implementations and partnerships worldwide, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has been leading the global market for eSIM management from the beginning. With its AirOn version 4, G&D is commercially operating the next generation system that supports the GSMA M2M specifications as well as the new standard for Remote SIM Provisioning for consumer devices. At the MWC Shanghai, G&D will showcase the latest live eSIM management service.

The rapid growth of connected devices is indisputable changing the way we are living and communicating. Market forecasts indicate that handsets with embedded SIMs will reach several hundred million units globally by 2020.  For Asian players in the mobile industry, e.g. in the arena of mobile device manufacturing or mobile network operators, in addition to big populations with a strong sense and curiousity on new technical developments, this new connected world will have an immense impact.

This means that new wearables, for example smartwatches, are shipped with an embedded SIM (eUICC), and can immediately get cellular-enabled with network operator profiles e.g. via Bluetooth from a smartphone. 

As an answer to the market  needs of being capable of managing eSIM enabled devices, G&D operates the eSIM management solution AirOn version 4. This solution has been developed in accordance with the Remote SIM Provisioning specification by the GSM Association (GSMA) to secure a common and interoperable solution, which in turn counteract fragmentation of this young market segment.

“We are proud that leading mobile network operators have selected G&D for the worldwide first commercial eSIM management solutions”, said Stefan Auerbach, Group Executive Mobile Security. “The services have been commercially rolled out into more than 100 Point of Sales in Europe. AirOn is a high-performance solution, ready to cope with peak requirements, for example around launches of a new device, when millions of people switch on their new e-book readers, wearables, or tablets and request an operator profile to be installed on these devices.”

Carsten Ahrens, Head of the Telecommunication Industries division at G&D continues “At MWC Shanghai G&D will present this first commercial rollout of a eSIM Management solution with a smart watch. For the end consumer, it is really fast and simple: The user starts a smartphone app to connect the smartwatch with the smartphone and to request an operator profile to be activated in the embedded SIM of the watch. The profile is securely transferred by the G&D eSIM management service AirOn version 4 to the smartphone which securely transmits it to the smartwatch.”

eSIMs managed by AirOn open up a large variety of new use cases for consumers and MNOs. They will support the connection of more devices to the network and help boost new flexible tariff schemes. AirOn provides the highest security and scalability with an intuitive and easy to use service engine.

About Giesecke & Devrient

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1852, the Group has a workforce of ca. 11,400 employees and generated sales of approximately EUR 2 billion in the 2015 fiscal year. 58 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 31 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide.

G&D develops, produces, and distributes products and solutions in the payment, secure communication, and identity management sectors. G&D is a technology leader in these markets and holds a strong competitive position. The Group’s customer base mainly comprises central and commercial banks, mobile network operators, business enterprises, governments, and public authorities. For more information, please visit: www.gi-de.com.

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