UICC delivers remote changes for cellular connectivity in EMEA
An embedded universal integrated circuit card (eUICC) announced by Avnet Silica enables remote changes via the IoT. IoT providers can change mobile network operators using the GSMA 3.2 AVeUICC32xxBICS eUICC family. The eUICC was developed by Avnet Silica in collaboration with BICS, the international communications enabler and IoT network connectivity provider. It has been created to provide a means to future-proof IoT products with a manual visit or a recall of IoT end nodes which are already deployed.
The AVeUICC32xxBICS is supplied bootstrapped with a scalable BICS multi-IMSI profile. This provides access to 4G / LTE-M / NB-IoT and legacy 2G and 3G connectivity in over 200 countries and across more than 700 mobile networks worldwide, says Avnet Silica. The AVeUICC32xxBICS is bundled with pre-paid BICS connectivity and access to BICS’ SIM For Things connectivity management platform.
“For the past 10 years, BICS has been the world leader in roaming services, giving them access to emerging LTE-M and NB-IoT networks ahead of the competition and their decision to join our program is confirming Avnet’s unique leadership in the IoT market,” said Cyrille Saulet, market segment manager Connectivity & Services EMEA, Avnet Silica.
Guillaume Crinon, Avnet’s global IoT strategy manager added that AVeUICC32xxBICS has a new low power over-the-air (OTA) mechanism and that Avnet’s eUICC program is fully operational on low power cellular.
Avnet Silica’s eUICC products are provisioned on Avnet’s 3.2 Subscription Management Secure Router (SM-SR) allowing remote OTA lifecycle management services of the chip. These services are provided by Avnet in the form of OTA managed services and include the download of a new mobile network operator (MNO) profile, the swap from an active profile to another, the deletion of an unused profile, the audit of the system and more to come. The AVeUICC32xxBICS also offers low power management option in the form of a local applet fully managed by the device application. This applet unlocks OTA SM-SR services for low power, battery operated devices and networks where SMS services may not be available such as LTE-M and NB-IoT.
The AVeUICC32xxBICS is immediately available for volume production in SIMFit 2FF / 3FF / 4FF (plastic) and MFF2 (chip) formats in various packaging options. It can also be bundled with pre-paid BICS connectivity data plans.