What is an e-SIM? Future of Mobile Communication in Nepal

A new system has been around for a little while and smartphone industry players are starting to get on board. Nepal telecom is planning to implement e-SIM service in Nepal from the fiscal year 2078/79. It is reported NTC is planning to distribute a massive amount of 80 lakhs SIM cards this year, out of which 5 lakhs will be e-SIM . Tenders have already been opened and the company is discussing creating the ‘e-SIM platform’. As the reports suggest CG group is also coming up with the e-SIM service along with 5G net service with the bang launching of their CG Telecom.

Today , SIM cards are ubiquitous allowing over 7 billion devices to connect to cellular devices all around the world. We have been using it each and everyday and also been a major part of communication between friends. relatives. SIM cards have been introduced in our cell phones for more than 20 years. The only thing that has changed over the years and decades is the size of it. The physical plastic SIM Card is easily lost and gets damaged.

Well, we used to have a time where we used to store our media, songs, movies etc. in different storage devices but in today’s modern age we have a huge inbuilt mobile storage or cloud. Likewise, the new era of SIM cards has been introduced and soon to be the medium of your communication in Nepal. So, is it going to make our things easy and what is it ?

In this article, we are going to get abroad knowledge of e-SIM in Nepal, its pros and cons and the future of mobile communication.

What is an e-SIM?

 e-SIM is an  embedded SIM (Subscriber Identifier Module) Card in your device that can connect you to any operator offering e-SIM services.  It is an embedded universal integrated circuit board that is built in the mobile phones motherboard. There are no physical SIM cards involved, instead the SIM is already embedded in your device. An e-SIM card works similarly as the physical card but it occupies much less space and also can be linked with multiple card numbers. The e-SIM cannot be ejected and swapped over the  other devices which benefits us from damaging the SIMs.  The information on an e-SIM is rewritable that means you can decide to change the operator of your SIM.

Different Types Of SIM Cards

Pros of e-SIM

  • It is programmable and rewritable i.e. multiple network profiles can be saved.
  • The SIM can be easily tracked even if it is lost because of the inbuilt features in your devices. In the other case of physical SIM, the SIM can be ejected and due to which it is difficult to track.
  • Also ,you can easily switch the SIM card by logging it into the different devices using your QR code or id and password
  • With the elimination of the SIM card slots ,the devices can be available in more precise and compact sizes.
  • The e-SIM is an inbuilt integrated circuit so there is less chances of getting it damaged and lost. So it is more reliable.
  • It reduces the effort and times of going to the SIM card providers and activating it.

Cons of e-SIM

  • It is a programmable IC. So there is chances of hacking.
  • e-SIM is an chip or an IC. So if it get damaged it is difficult to replace it.

e-SIM in Nepal

e-SIM is a modern services which requires modern devices which have compatible feature with it. As in Nepal, NTC is the first Telecom company which is bringing this service in Nepal. In context of Nepal, plastic Mini, Micro and Nano SIM Card are widely used. The number of e-SIM compatible devices in Nepal isn’t that high so we’re not sure how smoothly this implementation will go in the future.

But most of us should definitely be enthusiastic about this service. How you are looking for this service in Nepal, let us know. Comment down below.

Also read: B.E in Electrical Engineering in Nepal Syllabus, Scope and Career Prospectus.

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