Csaba Végső
Nov 22, 2018 · 3 min read

Traditional SIM cards have been here with us since 1991, allowing us to connect our devices like phones and tablets to mobile networks. In the late 2010’s, it is time to shake and refresh this old friend of ours a bit.

Deutsche Telekom and the telco sector through GSMA is working on revolutionizing this tiny card. The next generation solution is called eSIM — where the ‘e’ stands for ‘embedded’.

This innovation wipes away the physical SIM cards and slots, as it becomes a single, embedded chip. This brings the benefit that no more cards need to be swapped to use a different subscription in your phone — also saving the hassle of the different SIM size standards, and the adaptors helping you to overcome this issue.

It also makes the phone designers happier than before, as they can finally get rid of those big and ugly SIM trays — right after they killed other bugaboo: headphone jack connectors.

The pioneers of the new technology, the eSIM capable smartwatches, and the first mobile phones (e.g. Apple’s new iPhone lineup) are already on the market. However, it won’t be only phones and tablets that will support it, the spectrum is wide, from bicycles to cars, even IoT teddy bears can have an embedded SIM.

Multi Device Management through a mobile application

Deutsche Telekom walks the front line in the adoption of the eSIM technology. To help people understand how it will actually work, Telekom partnered us to create a native Android application, that allows the management of eSIM capable devices and subscriptions — called the Multi Device Management (MDM) app.

Mito has been developing various mobile applications for Deutsche Telekom since 2014 — including the One App, the next generation self-care application of the European footprint.

The latest version of the MDM application was brought to the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, and will be presented on various other venues taking place this year.

The Multi Device Management application delivered by Mito and demoed on the MWC 2018 in Barcelona. Photo: Deutsche Telekom (source: https://www.telekom.com/en/media/media-information/archive/esim-516174)

Deutsche Telekom chose to partner with BMW to demonstrate the power of the new technology. In the short video below — recorded on the MWC 2018 — Andreas Schulz from Telekom shows how easy it is to add a BMW i3 to the managed devices in the app, using a plain QR code (reading and pairing happens between 0:30–0:36).

Tip: You can turn on auto-translated English subtitles in the video settings.

When you have the car added to your profile, you are free to assign a subscription to it, so that you can use your personal communication and high speed internet on the road.

An eSIM capable BMW is waiting to be added to the MDM app on the BMW Group IT Messe 2018 in Munich. Photo: Deutsche Telekom

In the MDM project we have delivered the Android app, and a Java based backend solution that stores the device management related data, and also enables the communication between the mobile client, the Telekom CRM and provisioning systems.

The easy and handy management of the eSIM devices on your phone is not the future anymore. These devices are here, and together with Deutsche Telekom, we are prepared to serve the best experience to the customers.


About us

In Mito Digital we proudly deliver high impact web and mobile solutions to our international customers like Deutsche Telekom, Wizz Air or Scientific Games. We are also loved by the biggest Hungarian companies, including OTP Bank, Magyar Telekom or the National Lottery Company (Szerencsejáték Zrt.).

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