Gemalto avails first 5G SIM card

New SIM improves data privacy, protection against hacking and roaming

The 5G SIM will simplify new service deployment with full backward compatibility to previous 3G/4G technology.
The 5G SIM will simplify new service deployment with full backward compatibility to previous 3G/4G technology.

Gemalto has launched its first 5G SIM, compliant with the latest ETSI 3GPP specifications and SIMalliance recommendations.

The Gemalto 5G SIM, among the world’s first, caters to not only improved data privacy and seamless 5G global roaming imposed by the latest standards, but also adds enhanced protection against hacking in anticipation of future security requirements.

By 2024, 5G network coverage is expected to reach 40% of the global population, and will account for 1.5 billion subscriptions. Key use cases of the new 5G SIM will include enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT applications, and critical communication infrastructures.

 “The 5G SIM provides the foundation of trust in this next generation mobile network for operators and other stakeholders in the eco-system” said Sherry Zameer, SVP Mobile Services & IoT for CISMEA Region at Gemalto. “It will help operators unleash the full 5G potential, maximize their network investments, and simplify new service deployment with full backward compatibility to previous 3G/4G technology.”

The Gemalto 5G SIM will be available in all SIM form factors (removable SIM, M2M SIM, eSIM), during the first half of 2019.

Key features of the new 5G SIM include full anonymisation of end-to-end subscriber identities thanks to onboard identity encryption; it eliminates the potential to misuse such information to locate and trace individuals, or collect personal data, and ensures mobile operators comply with regulations such as GDPR. In addition, trusted environment resilience will help operators secure the entire SIM lifecycle, eliminating exposure to hacking attacks and accidental breaches. A seamless 5G roaming experience is also supported.

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