Davide Pratone, Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group European Standardization & Industry Development, has been named Vice Chairman of the GSMA’s eSIM Working Group 1 (WG1).

Huawei launched the Huawei Watch 2 with an eSIM back in back in 2017. It shows Huawei’s position as a leader in eSIM technology.

GSMA Appoints eSIM WG1 Vice Chairman from Huawei

eSIM is a global specification by the GSMA which enables remote SIM provisioning of any eSIM-compatible device. Replacing physical SIM cards in communications devices, eSIM technology allows users to download account information from their respective carrier after activating the cellular network services.

eSIM also makes it easier to extend mobile connectivity to devices such as tablets, smart watches, fitness bands, portable health systems and various other devices, whilst lowering development costs and providing a secured environment.

The GSMA is leading the development of eSIM industry specifications, which benefit consumers by helping technologies work together at lower costs. Through its work establishing the requirements and architecture for eSIM solutions, WG1 plays a key role in the standard-setting process within the GSMA. Representatives from across the mobile industry participate to ensure eSIM solutions provide benefit to mobile device users as well as all stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem.

Huawei has been investing in eSIM-related R&D and is contributing to the formation of industry standards through the GSMA’s standard-setting process.

Smart watches led the first wave of the deployment of eSIM in the consumer market and Huawei entered in February 2017 with the eSIM-compatible HUAWEI Watch 2. The eSIM market has since expanded to include smartphones, laptops, tablets and other devices.

With the arrival of the IoT era, eSIM technology garnered industry attention. In China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a number of policies in 2018 to promote eSIM for wearables, telematics and other IoT devices. In overseas markets, many smartphones, wearables and IoT devices are already embracing eSIM technology.