NTT DoCoMo says it has developed a new consumer eSIM platform that will enable companion consumer devices embedded with eSIMs, including tablets and wearables, to connect to mobile networks through remote provisioning of the profile.
DoCoMo has been providing enterprise customers with an eSIM solution since June 2014, based on the “docomo M2M platform” for M2M devices such as connected automobiles and industrial equipment. The new eSIM Platform will enable consumers to connect their devices to the network with a simple procedure without having to insert conventional SIM cards into their devices.
With the number of connected devices growing exponentially, remote provisioning via DoCoMo ‘s eSIM Platform will enable customers to connect their companion devices to mobile networks easily and reliably.
DoCoMo’s eSIM platform is based on the second version of Remote SIM Provisioning (RSP) specification, which was published in October 2016 by the GSMA, and to which DoCoMo has been contributing.
DoCoMo will launch the eSIM Platform, as well as a variety of compatible mobile devices, this year.
In related news, Cisco Systems announced that DoCoMo will use its Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) software platform to automate network device provisioning.
DoCoMo deployed a NFV system last year, but due to the complexity and time-consuming operations with network device provisioning, it has decided to improve its business efficiency by applying “automation” to various operations.
Cisco says its NSO will deliver benefits to DoCoMo such as:
- Cutting service activation times from days to hours
- Creating, modifying, and removing services in real time
- Automating its service lifecycle and reduce manual configuration steps by up to 90%
- Easily bundling multiple network services fast, and help ensure them in real time
- Managing network changes, modify services, and reconfigure devices while in live production
“By converting existing manual construction workflow into automated operation with the Cisco NSO implementation, we aim to lower our overall network device provisioning operations and time drastically, and achieve smooth transition to commercialized network operation by reducing configuration error,” said Dr. Atsushi Murase, director, executive general manager of DoCoMo Technology’s Solution Service Division. “This will enable us to simplify network operations while gaining improved efficiency to respond to operational requirements to provide high quality and reliable services to our customers.”