The role of the UICC (sim card) in Long Term Evolution (LTE)
The value the UICC can bring to Long Term Evolution (LTE)
The UICC (Universal Integrated Circuit Card) is the smart card used in
mobile terminals for GSM and UMTS/3G networks. It authenticates the subscriber
to the network while ensuring the integrity and security of their personal data.
It also stores applications for both operator and end-user use for the correct
deployment of mobile services. Now in the pipeline for LTE, the UICC brings a
whole host of fundamental features, tried and tested within GSM and now
perfected for LTE. This technical focus will talk about its role as a secure
device for authentication and the storage of personal data, as well as the value
it can bring in terms of revenue generation and new service deployment.
A few key points:
- Ready to deploy - LTE networks do not need a specific LTE USIM (Universal
Subscriber Identity Module) function.
- Fully integrated into IP networks - The UICC, as per existing standards,
has become an IP connected processor with its own IP layers and IP stack
(USB IC). This means that it is ready for deployment in all IP networks such
- Works with all 3G handsets - This means a wider park of cell phones to
propose to your customer base.
- Compliant with all distribution models - The UICC’s portability
encourages the widest possible distribution model for the wireless business
– UICC built in, subsidized handsets, or even generic, non subsidized
- Makes personalization easy - Carriers can use the UICC for plug and play
personalization of the handset, both pre and post issuance on the field,
offering a more tailored service for their subscribers.
- Multi-device and convergence ready - The UICC comes in different form
factors to suit your business model – standard USIM card, USB dongle, SIM in
3G laptops and Smart modem.
- Secure storage of personal content - The UICC now stores up to 2GB of
personal content for your user’s pleasure
All of the above has made the inclusion of the UICC mandatory for accessing Long
Term Evolution core networks. So what does this mean for your business?