The organisation confirms that its estimated total for the SIM market in 2018 includes 114 million eSIM shipments. eSIM data was reported by SIMalliance members throughout last year.
This announcement from SIMalliance is the first time that that the organisation has provided an insight into the size of the global eSIM market. The footprint of its membership across the eSIM market provides a credible quantitative indication of eSIM uptake globally.
SIMalliance member data also shows that mobile network operators (MNOs), OEMs and users that deploy eSIMs in large quantities have already made substantial investments to fully equip themselves to manage future eSIM solutions in the field. This is evidenced by 230 eSIM Subsciption Manager (SM) platforms which were deployed globally at the end of 2018. eSIM SM platforms are necessary to enable remote provisioning and lifecycle management of an eSIM product.
The continuing trend for M2M deployments requiring cellular connectivity drove strong growth across the Americas and resulted in a slight increase in volumes across Western Europe. In some Asian countries, shipments were adversely impacted by macro-economic factors. In India, for example, 2018 was a year of consolidation in the mobile telecoms market, naturally affecting demand for SIM products. Equally, the relatively high pre-paid market in Indonesia meant volumes were affected by the introduction of regulation related to ID verification.
SIMalliance also reports that in 2018 the latest generation of Triple SIM and 4G SIMs accounted for 93% of all of its members’ shipments worldwide, compared to 90% in 2017.