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 as LTE.
     
  • 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 phones.
     
  • 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?