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The launch of the e-SIM-enabled Apple Watch 3 suggests mainstream acceptance of the technology

The launch of the e-SIM-enabled Apple Watch 3 suggests mainstream acceptance of the technology

The incorporation of an embedded SIM (e-SIM) in the Apple Watch Series 3 could prove to be a turning point for the technology. This comment evaluates Apple’s latest watch offering, and considers what the watch’s e-SIM can do for mobile network operators (MNOs) in the short and long term.


Overview

The incorporation of the e-SIM into the Apple Watch 3 is a feat of engineering, but some of the device’s limitations have come to light

Apple is the first mainstream adopter of the GSMA’s e-SIM standard

MNOs must assess the e-SIM opportunity now and continue to evaluate the development of the technology in future
Figure 1: e-SIMs: past, present and future

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