e-SIM Market Size, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027
Report ID: GMI2906
e-SIM Market size is expected to grow over the coming years with a rise in the demand for the IoT technology. These digital chips help in machine-to-machine connections without human interventions. The integration of the technology in smart devices such as smartphones and smart wearables will allow the machines to detect the available network and enhance its connectivity. Several manufacturers are engaged in integrating this electronic technology into their devices. For instance, Apple, Inc. developed Apple Watch 3, which utilizes these electronic chips for providing a cellular connection to the device. The network connectivity in smartwatches allows the users to connect to the multiple apps and devices. Moreover, remote provisioning and M2M connections provide seamless and simple mobile connectivity with all types of connected machines, thereby driving the e-SIM market growth.
Ease of switching between the mobile networks by the application of these electronic chips will drive the demand for this solution. These chips allow the users to change their network providers without incurring any roaming charges. Difficulties that are faced while changing the network provider in conventional cards include roaming charges, portability, user verification, and network provider clearance. Several technical advantages of these digital chips, such as compact design, additional storage, ease in connectivity, and enhanced security, are propelling the e-SIM market demand.
Improved security and convenience in the adoption of these digital technologies over traditional cards are major factors driving the e-SIM market growth. Several security & damage issues such as lost cards and slot damage in conventional cards will drive customers to adopt these digital chips. This will help in managing multiple cards, providing easy connectivity, retrieval of lost data, and easy tracking of the cellular devices. Increasing regulations and the strict implementation of policies by the government for boosting the M2M communications are propelling the adoption of these programmable built-in technologies for enhancing networking & communications in the telecommunication sector. These regulations are being developed by government bodies to enhance the technologies and motivate the manufacturers in the development of advanced solutions, which will improve the network connectivity. For instance, in May 2018, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given approval to the use of embedded-subscriber identity module, which is driving the e-SIM market demand.
Growing demand for smart devices will drive the e-SIM market demand. Several intelligent devices such as smartwatches and health bands are being integrated with these programmable infrastructures, helping them to connect with the cellular infrastructure. The chips occupy less space, allowing the device to be slimmer and lighter. This allows the manufacturers to use the space for providing other technological features and functions in their electronic products. For instance, HUAWEI Watch 2 Pro is an Android wear smartwatch with e-SIM features, offering several advantages such as sleek design, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity.
Consumer electronics accounted for a substantial industry share in the e-SIM market. Technological advancements in several consumer electronics products, such as smartphones and smart TV, are driving the demand for sophisticated connectivity and enhanced networking solutions. A rise in the adoption of IoT & cloud computing will drive the integration of these digital chips to utilize them in providing customers exceptional benefits. For instance, in August 2017, Samsung in collaboration with Gemalto launched Samsung’s Gear S2 Classic 3G in Amsterdam, which is the first smartwatch with e-SIM features. Additional features offered by these electronic chips allow the users to send and receive text messages, calls, consulting fitness data, read emails, receive notifications, navigate, and browse social networks. Such features will positively drive the adoption, thereby propelling the e-SIM market growth.
Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region in the e-SIM market. The increasing availability of the manufacturers and the growing demand for advanced technologies and solutions among customers are driving the Asia Pacific e-SIM market. The rapid expansion of the consumer electronics sector in countries including India, China, and Japan is predicted to generate a high demand for such technologies. Moreover, the manufacturers in this sector are developing smart technologies that are integrated with intelligent solutions, driving the demand for digital features in the devices. In June 2018, Huawei Technologies, a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunication company updated its Huawei Watch 2 by introducing an electronic SIM feature in its models.
Key players operating in e-SIM market include Apple, AT&T, Gemalto NV, Sierra Wireless, Singtel, NTT Docomo, Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Giesecke & Devrient, NXP Semiconductors, Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Samsung Electronics, and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, among others. These players are competing in the e-SIM market based on the demands and requirements of the consumers for technological advancements, which will improve their satisfaction level and make their life sophisticated. They integrate the features of IoT, GPS, and Wi-Fi into their smart devices, boosting the requirement for smart infrastructures in the e-SIM market and improving the connectivity in these dev.
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