The Bridge Alliance has partnered with Gemalto to offer eSIM remote subscription management for consumer IoT devices across its members’ footprint in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa.
With seamless connectivity for consumer IoT devices like the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier 4G (recently launched by alliance co-founder Singtel), customers can connect to any Bridge Alliance member network and have immediate internet access with their devices. They will also be able to remotely manage their mobile subscriptions using the platform powered by digital security vendor Gemalto.
This announcement follows Bridge Alliance’s launch of the world’s first alliance-to-alliance eSIM solution for Industrial IoT such as automotive vehicles, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2016, setting the stage for a growing market of eSIM-equipped consumer products.
Bridge Alliance CEO Eileen Tan said Bridge is the first mobile operator alliance to offer both consumer-oriented and industrial eSIM remote subscription management.
“We are pleased to partner with Gemalto for this solution and enable our members to embrace the latest innovation, in support of GSMA’s Embedded SIM specifications for consumer devices,” she said.
The Bridge Alliance comprises 35 members serving more than 800 million customers collectively across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. APAC members include Airtel (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Airtel subsidiaries in Africa), AIS, CSL, CTM, Globe Telecom, Maxis, MobiFone, Optus, Singtel, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Taiwan Mobile, Telkomcel and Telkomsel.
Bridge Alliance partners include China Unicom, Freemove and the Global M2M Association.