AT&T enhances IoT lineup with Gemalto’s remote subscription management solution

Gemalto announced Tuesday that it is supplying AT&T with a remote subscription management solution that will help enable its customers to deploy new and highly secure IoT applications in the U.S. and globally.

Gemalto’s LinqUS On-Demand Connectivity (ODC) subscription management solution and GSMA M2M 3.1 compliant embedded SIMs (eSIMs) will simplify the logistics of providing mobile services for enterprises requiring global mobile connectivity for IoT applications and provide improved life cycle support for their subscriptions.

“AT&T is an industry leader in the Internet of Things with more than 30 million connected devices on our network as of the third quarter of 2016.  At the same time we are expanding our offering of connected services to include automotive telematics, infotainment, and smart safety solutions,” said Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T. “Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity and eSIM platform are ideal solutions to help AT&T sustain dynamic growth as we shift from mobile operator to mobility service provider.”

“Industrial, home automation, and automotive applications are significant drivers for IoT growth,” said Rodrigo Serna, president at Gemalto Americas. “Today, Gemalto has deployed more than 20 On-Demand Connectivity solutions, and has executed at least 300 over-the-air (OTA) deployments around the globe. We also have the largest portfolio of M2M and IoT solutions and services. Now operators can provide more IoT services and scale them more quickly with this new platform, which is part of our network of hundreds more around the world.”

Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity offer for consumer electronics delivers On-demand Subscription Manager (OSM) that is based on latest GSMA specifications and built on global platform standards. OSM empowers OEM to provide seamless subscription management capabilities to its consumers, and allows OEM to develop their own partnership strategy with MNOs across the globe.

Based on GSMA’s specifications, the eSIM (or eUICC) is an evolution of the SIM card, tailored to meet the requirements of miniaturization, ruggedness and security. With the eSIM, OEMs ensure that their consumer devices will be able to connect to cellular networks, no matter which part of the globe they are shipped.

The On-Demand Provisioning Service (OPS) offers connectivity right out-of-the-box. Gemalto’s partnership with mobile network operators across the globe enables OEMs to offer seamless connectivity experience to its consumers. The service acts like a gateway for the OEM into the world of cellular connectivity. Since OPS is a hosted service, it also minimizes the time-to-market.

Gartner, the information technology research firm, reports the IoT ecosystem is growing massively, with 6.4 billion objects to be connected in 2016 and 20.8 billion connected by 2020.

Gemalto’s GSMA-compliant ODC and eSIM solutions are key enablers for global mobile operators, service providers, and OEMs to accelerate new device onboarding and service rollouts, while reducing costs, increasing revenue and security for businesses adopting IoT solutions.

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