Roundtables & Summits

eSIM Summit: Dismantling Myths


Wed, 28 Feb: 12:30 - 14:30 CEST

Pre-registered & Approved have priority


Partner Theatre 4, Hall 8.0 – 4YFN & Partner Theatres

Session Description


The industry goal of maximising the number of network connections and connected devices means, among other things, prioritising the technology that will make the most impact. One such element that has been a key and consistent enabler of digital services over recent years is the eSIM. eSIM will play a crucial role achieving ubiquitous connectivity – a circumstance the market has been waiting on for over a decade. Its many advantages over the conventional plastic SIM are making it a staple feature in enterprise IoT applications, and as a result demand is soaring. Confidence on the consumer device side is also promising; research from GSMAi estimates that there will be 1 billion eSIM smartphone connections by 2025 and by 2028, over 50% of smartphone connections will use eSIM. The challenge the market now faces is ensuring this technology can be produced at scale, operates securely and meets the needs of a dynamic eSIM ecosystem characterised by a diversity of devices with various connectivity needs.


Key Items

Connected devices

eSIM enable IoT application

Growth of eSIM and Debunking eSIM Myths

Considerations to Global IoT Deployment

How to Scale Security with eSIM




12:30 - eSIM Summit - Welcome, GSMA


12:30-12:40 - eSIM Market Overview, Pablo Iacopino, Head of Research and Commercial Content at GSMA Intelligence, GSMA


Part 1 - Platinum Sponsors

12:40-13:00 - Excelling with eSIM challenges in Consumer and IoT areas



Mikkel Escartin, VP Digital Solutions Business Line, IDEMIA Secure Transactions

Sylvain Givord, eSIM Product Manager, IDEMIA Secure Transactions


Today, all eyes are on eSIM technology in the global connectivity landscape. However, the readiness to tackle the eSIM surge remains heterogeneous among stakeholders in Consumer and IoT domains. 

Many myths and misconceptions about eSIM technology persist today, hindering the realization of its full potential. Mobile operators and IoT actors need to go beyond those myths to reap all the benefits brought by eSIM technology. To do so, IDEMIA Secure Transactions has compiled a few best practices to excel in the eSIM era in various areas:

• New IoT and Consumer use cases

• User experience

• Operational excellence

• Real-time eSIM profiles adaptation

• Security at all levels

• Etc.

Join Mikkel Escartin, VP of the Digital Solutions Business Line, to get valuable insights on how to overcome the eSIM challenges and turning them into opportunities to elevate your eSIM business.


13:00-13:15 - eSIM User eXperience (UX): Real-life case studies, challenges and best practices


Mikkel Escartin, VP Digital Solutions Business Line, IDEMIA Secure Transactions

Arya Alatsas, Acccount Director, Make it Clear


In a global context where eSIM-enabled devices are spreading and with the progressive transition towards eSIM-only smartphones, mobile operators need to address the pressing demand for frictionless eSIM user experiences.

IDEMIA and Make it Clear have conducted a comprehensive field study examining real-world implementations of eSIM user experiences ang gathering insights from mobile operators’ journeys in three continents. The research analysed and tested the full user journeys offered by different mobile operators, identified the main challenges to overcome and explored strategies and best practices to enhance the eSIM onboarding experience.

Join us for an insightful discussion as Mikkel and Arya talk over the key findings of our latest study. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives on elevating eSIM user experiences and shaping the future of mobile connectivity.


13:15-13:35 - eSIMplify your IoT business: How to unleash full potential beyond Consumer

Speaker: Andreas Morawietz, Global Head of Portfolio Strategy, Giesecke+Devrient


eSIM management has already proven its value and reliability within the consumer market segment with hundreds of millions of eSIM downloads and a large variety of eSIM enabled devices. Within this session G+D will share its experience and learnings, which provide a solid basis for the strong growth of cellular IoT. Only by understanding the needs of key stakeholders in the IoT industry can eSIM management reach its full potential.

Listen to how G+D eSIMplify the management of connectivity for IoT and how manufacturing processes gain flexibility with eSIM management.



13:35-13:50 Mastering eSIM: Why Entitlements ensure the best possible customer experience


- Andreas Morawietz, Global Head of Portfolio StrategyGiesecke+Devrient

- Gary Waite, Product Evangelist / Strategist, NetLync


The market for new cellular devices and innovative mobile services is constantly evolving. New consumer devices and features that were unthinkable years ago are now part of our everyday reality. One of the key features is eSIM, allowing for a fully digital experience which is today invaluable for consumers. G+D together with its partner NetLync debate how mobile operators can prepare for an entirely eSIM ecosystem, which opens up new worlds of digital services. Given the fact that the mobile market is moving toward eSIM & eSIM-only devices, Entitlement Service (ES) and DP+ are pivotal in making this digital environment work. This session provides experience to explain how M(V)NOs can catch up and become eSIM ready, shorten time to market and offer a great user experience with the help of Entitlement Services. 

Learn how an ES helps to upgrade your consumer and IoT experience, without requiring complex integrations, complicated service agreements, and an OEM partner agreement.


Part 2 - Gold Sponsors


13:50-14:10 - eSIM: Enhancing Connectivity for people and objects in the Digital Age


Benjamin MAZET, Product Line Manager of the On-Demand Connectivity vertical. Digital Identity and Security, Thales

Sathish Karunakaran, Director of Engineering at Google – Android Connectivity


For nearly a decade, eSIM has transformed access to cellular connectivity. The road to leverage the full capabilities of eSIM is marked by ongoing efforts from connectivity service providers to reconsider their traditional models: Innovative approaches should be embraced to stay at the forefront of the evolving connectivity landscape. Mastering eSIM technology in Consumer and IoT requires to enhance continuity of service, and adaptability while answering customer needs. Join Thales for an insightful keynote exploring the different strategies addressing digitalization, customer reach and end user experience.Thales will delve into streamlined subscription activation, eSIM-only devices, device change, upgrades, and repairs, unveiling the wealth of new business opportunities arising in this dynamic landscape.



14:10-14:30 - Challenges of Enterprise IoT and the role eSIM can play in it

Speaker: Xiaodong Guo, Head of Global Strategy & Partnership, Redtea Mobile


Enterprise cellular IoT users grapple with challenges due to the nature of the fragmentation and long value chain: device design & prototyping, manufacturing, shipment, ownership, and global deployment and global fleet management. The surge in globally deployed and managed devices calls for a new era of technological evolution, intensifying the need for seamless cellular connectivity within the Internet of Things (IoT). As we delve into the complexities of global connectivity orchestration and seamless fleet management across devices, the keynote address, "Challenges of Enterprise IoT and the Role eSIM Can Play in It," aims to shed light on challenges within the enterprise IoT deployment arena. Specifically tailored for enterprises, OEMs and device owners, the keynote will unravel transformative opportunities emerging from the untapped potential of eSIM technology and how this can be the solution for enterprise IoT.


14:30 - eSIM Summit Close, GSMA


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