All in All, let’s google about these familiar terms “ 5G, eSIM, and IoT, how are they related exactly ? Here is FYI:
5G and 4G：
5G, not just 1G more than 4G, is the newest mobile network that’s replacing the current 4G technology by providing a number of improvements in speed, coverage, and reliability.
The primary focus and reason for needing an upgraded network is to support the growing number of devices that demand internet access, many of them requiring so much bandwidth in order to function normally that 4G simply doesn’t cut it anymore.
To sum it up, a lot faster, much lower latency and much wider geographic coverage! For better understanding, 5G is 20 times faster than 4G! This means that during the time it took to download just one piece of data with 4G (like a movie), the same could have been downloaded 20 times over a 5G network. Looking at it another way: you could download close to 10 movies before 4G could deliver even the first half of one!
5G and IoT:
The key features in 5G will exactly benefit the IoT and across major IoT industry verticals, take a scenario in car networking as an example, in 4G era, the speed of networking can’t support the smooth transfer or interaction of data , such as data for the road situation, and delay occurs all the time, while 5G means ultra-low latency , with the fast interaction of data through sensors on the car, unmanned driving might be a reality in the near future in 5G era.
IoT and eSIM:
IoT is set to take connectivity to the next level from billions of connectivity by “one person one SIM card” to 10 billions of devices connectivity . It will no longer just be smartphones, PCs, laptops and tablets competing for bandwidth, Electrical devices of every type are liable to join in the next phase of internet evolution. eSIM has become a focus and would be a key factor behind IoT by enabling remote globally-backed SIM provisioning, taking less space of the device, allowing customers to switch operators for travelling on-the-go and upgrade the device to be a enhanced mobile-connected with much more interaction of data.
To sum it up, with 5G to become the catalyst for innovation in IoT, eSIM emerges as the kickstart technology innovation behind IoT
China Unicom to roll out 5G on mass scale with an investment of 21 billion
On December 6th, China’s Three Major Telecom Operators Confirmed 5G frequency spectrum
On December 14th, China Unicom had its“ 2018 Network Technology Conference(hereby mentioned as the Conference in the below) ”and launched its 5G plan on mass scale devices: with investment of 21 billion in total in the first trail stage and the second fast development stage, including 10 billion investment as the benefits of its pioneering testers, 10 billion in supporting the finance of partners in 5G ecosystem and 1 billion as subsidy of adopting China Unicom 5G platform.
During the conference, China Unicom 5G plan and its progress in networking establishment has been released with its progress, piloting 5G in 17 cities to set up trials and examples. In the meantime, the “5G Industrial Terminal United Innovation Lab” was unveiled , with a mission for the incubation and integration of innovative applications and products, to strength the core competitiveness of the China Unicom 5G ecosystem. In addition, eSIM terminal testing environment was released to help accomplish the test for device OEMs ,eSIM terminal united testing platform was established, and eSIM industrial Alliance Cooperation Website was also launched.
5G to become the catalyst for innovation in IoT
In this hyper-connected world in the coming years, instead of connecting by a physical sim card, eSIM is a new way to connect in the near future for its multiple benefits mentioned above.Together with the chances provided by massive-scale connectivity comes the challenges , connectivity of mass scale and expansion might be fragmentary and not able to commercialize on large scale. Challenges are as follows:
The Innovation and Application In Consumer Electronics with SM-DP+
As one of the piloting members of the “China Unicom eSIM Industrial Cooperation Alliance”, Redtea Mobile was invited to attend the Conference , Doctor Jin-the CEO of Redtea Mobile delivered a speech to share his opinions about “ The Innovation and Application In Consumer Electronics with SM-DP+ ”
① . Connectivity Service in IoT going mainstream to enable cloud, tube & end strategy for Integrated system service
② . Broad market space for Private network connection based on application
③ . Various needs for verticals of IoT application
④ . Massive opportunities to serve SMEs for the core competitiveness of its products
⑤ . Huge application scenarios for edge of computing
(Redtea Mobile CEO—Doctor Jin delivered a speech on the 2018 Network Technology Conference by China Unicom)
CaaS(Connectivity as a Service)—the innovative cloud computing in IoT era
Different from the operation of consumer electronics, for Massive IoT M2M senario, unmanned operation is usually the case without interface for interaction.
To cope with the excessively frequent operation across regional and international mobile networking operators requested by various devices and applications, Doctor Jin brought up the idea of “ Last-mile solution for device connectivity” to bridge network operators and device OEMs. And the huge market space for IoT application calls for various verticals, to meet the various needs , to integrate the industrial chain and to offer the “unified port” for seamless connectivity. Especially for device OEMs of small and medium devices without the capability to build up the platform , which has always been the focus that displayed the core strength of Redtea Mobile, to give devices the new cost-saving and practical answer of the last mile solution for an “Always-Connected” world.
To enable cloud, tube & end strategy for Integrated system service, Connectivity would be a key factor in IoT and eSIM connectivity is going mainstream . In parallel with the current cloud service structure of “Iaas, Pass, Saas”, Redtea Mobile brought up the idea of “CaaS (Connectivity as a Service)” as a pioneer in eSIM IoT era. Basically, the service is like utility service including connectivity technology and solutions for device OEMs, chipset and module manufacturers by offering open APIs，boasting the core competitiveness of “Plug & Play Connectivity” and “Always-on Connectivity”
RedteaReady: Ultra Solutions for Massive IoT M2M
To deliver the spirit of CaaS, “RedteaReady” is launched by Redtea Mobile to enable massive IoT deployment scalability with eSIM technology, which has packed all the stuff related to cellular connectivity , including network traffic, remote SIM provisioning, terminal system integration , cellular connectivity management platform, and integrated them into the standard service , in collaboration with China Unicom SM-DP+ to enable scalable connectivity distribution for a large variety of M2M IoT applications.
China Unicom has been striving for the pioneering new-type standard and innovative technology, together with China Unicom SM-DP+, Redtea Mobile has set up a good example in providing seamless cellular connectivity service embedded in IoT modules, which enables network operators to gain a larger market space of traffic distribution as they are now hassle-free from the constant integration discussion with module vendors . As for the benefit devices OEMs, the streamlined and highly integrated solution keep them from being bored with purchasing SIM cards, modules, and managing cellular data separately. Redtea Mobile is committed to offer global integrated eSIM connectivity for a multi-win.
CaaS Successful Case: private cellular connectivity based on application-a new way of networking for chain stores
Currently, chain stores connect the network through traditional fixed network plan, with a series existing problems like the high management cost, inconvenient of installment, and deficiency of network route resourcesEspecially when there is quick business development with dramatic increase of retail chain stores, the problems mentioned above become really obvious for the networking establishment, maintainence, and the overall management on retail chain stores
“Cloud Broadband” that integrated with Wiwide wifi hardware capability and eSIM technology by RedteaReady, is introduced in such case, in joint effort with the leading provider of Wi-Fi network architecture WiWide, Redtea Mobile is engaged in offering the Cloud Broadband with featuring the following benefit: a reduction of 40% cost of network resources, plug&play connectivity, always-on connectivity , flexible options of networking operators.
In addition, the head quarter could have the overall management across all the devices and network resources simply by a request on the platform, which would bring a huge reduction of management cost. Applying the eSIM technology in the networking solution for new retail is the initiative in the industry .