Qualcomm, Vodafone, & Thales Introduces First iSIM Technology

Qualcomm, Vodafone, & Thales Introduces First iSIM Technology

The SIM card has progressed and after the eSIM, now the iSIM is changing the trends in the smartphones’ industry. Qualcomm, Vodafone and Thales jointly have demonstrated a smartphone with an integrated SIM (iSIM) successfully that is directly embedded in the mobile processor. Which eliminates the need for a dedicated slot.

The iSIM technology was demonstrated on a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, equipped with a Snapdragon 888 chip in Europe in Samsung’s R&D labs where it made use of Vodafone’s network. This new technology will not only kill the need for dedicated SIM card slots but also eSIMs. The greatest integration of SIM and processor integration bring better system integration, higher performance, and increased memory capacity.

What is iSIM Technology?

iSIM is implemented directly into the main processor of the phone which leads to better performance, and increased memory capacity, so freeing up more space inside the phone for other uses. Or we can say that,  iSIM is a software-based SIM that takes all the benefits of a standards-compliant eSIM and embeds them into the device’s permanent hardware array by combining the SIM with the system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture and cellular modem. It allows the industry of mobile phones to further integrate SIM’s functionalities into a phone without the need for the traditional physical SIM card.

The iSIM delivers benefits for both consumers and telecom operators. It paves the way for mobile services to be integrated into devices other than mobile phones. Which means that iSIM will make it easy for laptops, tablets, VR platforms, IoT devices, wearables, and others to make use of LTE or 5G services.

According to Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm Europe: “iSIM solutions offer great opportunities to MNOs, free-up valuable space in devices for OEMs, and provide flexibility for device users to benefit from the full potential of 5G networks and experiences across a wide range of device categories. Some of the areas that will benefit most from iSIM technology include smartphones, mobile PCs, VR/XR headsets, and industrial IoT. By engineering the iSIM technology into the SoC, we are able to create additional support for OEMs in our Snapdragon platform.”

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VodafoneZiggo Claims First in Vodafone Group with 3G Network Shutdown

VodafoneZiggo Claims First in Vodafone Group with 3G Network Shutdown

The operator plans a gradual shutdown of network in the period to 01 January 2020. It’s already transitioning 3G capacity in some locations with software adjustments and

Vodafone Greece launches NB-IoT Pilot Service Over LTE Network

Vodafone Greece launches NB-IoT Pilot Service Over LTE Network

The application presents unique innovations that enable the remote management of beehives. Offering beekeepers all the necessary tools and data to save resources and time

VNG Now Signs GT Mobile Contract with T-Mobile NL, Vodafone

VNG Now Signs GT Mobile Contract with T-Mobile NL, Vodafone

The municipality of Amsterdam will be the first participant in the contract to launch its own mini tender on 6 November and then conclude an agreement with the winning supplier

Gray appointed as new CEO in Vodafone

Vodafone Qatar has appointed Ian Gray as chief executive officer with immediate effect, the loss-making Vodafone affiliate said.
He replaces outgoing CEO Kyle Whitehill, who will leave Vodafone to pursue other opportunities, a company statement said.
Gray joins from Vodafone Egypt, where he was chairman.



Vodafone Greece Claims LTE-A First

Vodafone claims that it has become the first operator in Greece to switch on a commercial Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network. The new platform, which is believed to aggregate spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, supports theoretical down/uplink speeds of up to 300Mbps/50Mbps, double that offered by the operator’s LTE network, and seven times faster than the speeds available over its 3G network. Initially, Vodafone’s LTE-A network is available only in the vicinity of selected Vodafone retail stores in Athens.

Alcatel-Lucent Accredited As Supplier of Small Cells to Vodafone

Alcatel Lucent  has been selected by Vodafone Group as a Supplier of Reference for LTE metro cells with integrated Wi-Fi capability.

However the deal is simply a pre-approval, and no actual supply contracts have been agreed yet. As a supplier of reference, Alcatel-Lucent can bid on business in all Vodafone countries with its Metro Cell Outdoor small cell products.

Luis Martinez Amago, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s EMEA region, said:

Vodafone Group is taking a leadership role with the deployment of small cells throughout their global properties and by serving as an industry reference with the deployment of a multi-vendor heterogeneous architecture. In being named a Supplier of Reference, Vodafone has given Alcatel-Lucent a strong endorsement that our small cells will help them to deliver high quality service to their customers.”

Small Cells Market Healthy As 2014 Deployments Reach $1.8 Billion

According to ABI Research, outdoor Small Cells sales are expected to show a healthy 2014 growth in equipment revenue at a year on year rate of 33% to $1.8 billion. This growth is the results of efforts made by operators like AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Telefonica, Softbank, SK Telecom, and Sprint driving shipments of both outdoor and Metrocell deployments.

“As mobile network operators implement small cell outdoor networks, several success factors emerge as critical for a successful deployment,” says Nick Marshall, principal analyst at ABI Research.

We see multiple solutions for backhaul, power, permitting, and siting employed by the operator community throughout the rest of 2014 and which will increase small cell momentum in 2015.”

In 2014, 4G small cells are the fastest growing small cell type in the market driven by venue and dense urban deployments. ABI Research forecasts the number of LTE small cells to grow by 2X in 2014 and by a similar factor each year through 2019 where the value of LTE small cells will reach more than half of a $10 billion equipment market.

The Asia-Pacific region, given its large size and 4G deployments in South Korea and Japan and the start of commercial TD-LTE operations in China and India will grow to represent over 50% of the worldwide small cell equipment market by 2019.

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