Different Form Factors

One way of meeting the growing pressure from internet service providers entering the telecom world is to deploy offers which allow end users to access the carrier’s own internet services, regardless of device. In this way, the PC becomes a powerful communication tool giving access to wireless services.

The standard form factor of the Universal Integrated Circuit Card has therefore had to evolve to meet this market need. In the first instance, the use of a USB key bundled with the UICC and flash memory offers access to any carrier’s services from any PC. By inserting it into the PC’s USB port, the subscriber gains access to carrier communication applications including Voice over IP and Instant Messaging, as well as the available range of web services, such as music download and on-line storage.
Taking this further, it is also possible to include a modem into the USB key which means access from any PC wherever the user and whatever the connection.

If deploying a Mobile broadcast TV service, the UICC has a strong role to play in the secure storage and administration of the keys and user rights of a Conditional Access System. This is the primary enabler for a TV operator to develop a variety of business models to maximize their revenues i.e. subscription, Pay-Per-View, Pay-Per-Time etc. However, not all devices to which mobile TV could be broadcast require the use of a USIM, for example, portable TV media players (PTMP), personal navigation devices (PND), gaming consoles. In this case, the Micro SDTM card allows service providers to deploy their service on all portable terminals where the USIM is not present. The Mobile TV micro SD card is also available with high storage capacity to offer users the possibility to transport recorded video content or any other media content.

Machine2Machine: The wireless M2M market represents a huge opportunity for mobile operators. Applications in remote management, industrial data collection, intrusion control and healthcare are expected to account for 10% of operator revenues in 2010. The benefits are substantial: M2M contracts are long-term: machines do not churn, nor ask for expensive voice support, and while the volume of data traffic generated by an individual device may be small, the total number of machines is huge. However, the market is calling for a solution that combines traditional smart card security with an altogether more rugged form factor that responds to the extreme, industrial demands of the M2M environment. It must be simple to deploy, able to reduce spiraling logistical costs and invulnerable to theft, while reinforcing the role of the wireless carrier in the value chain. This is why smart card manufacturers have developed a more robust, dedicated M2M product range which comes in the form of an electrical component integrated into the M2M module at the manufacturing stage.

A vision of the future

Business opportunities