The reason why MNOs choose Thales 5G SIM cards
Network operators worldwide are rolling out 5G services at an accelerated pace.
And the primary reason is that the new 5G technology unlocks telcos' business potential, unlike any previous network technology in consumer and IoT market verticals.
Over 20 MNOs have already selected Thales as their supplier of choice for 5G SIMs, deploying around 120 million units since 2020.
In short, the common denominator of all our business case drivers is that they want to be the first to profit from what many consider the most powerful network technology ever deployed.
And these 5G SIM cards provide an edge for our customers.
"We believe in taking the first-mover advantage and being at the forefront of innovation in the telecom industry. By adopting Thales 5 SIM cards, we aim to make 5G accessible for all and capitalize on the growing demand for 5G services." A leading MNO in South East Asia.
How MNOs face the 5G technology
5G technology unlocks Telcos' business potential, unlike any other network technology in consumer and IoT market verticals.
5G architecture represents a real revolution in that everything previously controlled by MNOs becomes virtualized, outsourced, and hosted by multiple actors across the industry.
However, this also means that the potential surface of vulnerability is increasing everywhere.
In parallel, local regulations governing user-data privacy, such as GDPR or CCPA/CPRA, combined with 5G security requirements, are developing momentum in the industry, pushing telcos to comply with 5G secure implementation on every network level.
5G enables much more demanding and sensitive services than other technologies, potentially putting national sovereignty at risk.
In essence, security is no longer an option. It's a genuine concern and a prerequisite for a trusted MNO business continuity.
How and when to use the full 5G tech potential
Addressing such security concerns in a fragmented ecosystem combined with a phased 5G rollout is complex, from 5G non-standalone (NSA) to 5G standalone (SA) and 5G phase 2 (slicing, machine type communication), and so on.
- MNOs need to anticipate future technical needs to unlock all the business potential of 5G.
- They must establish the right moment to invest in new products for a resilient 5G rollout.
- They need to be guided in mitigating security concerns with their investments.
- And they must work out how to comply with ever-evolving security regulations and recommendations and be able to provide evidence of compliance if needed.
Thales' 5G SIM: aligned with our clients' business roadmaps
"Thales' combination of robust manufacturing footprint and innovative chip supply strategy truly set them apart during these challenging times of Covid and chip shortage. They were able to serve us without sacrificing product quality or increasing lead times. » A prominent telecom operator in western Europe.
Thales's 5G SIM ensures strict compliance with telecom standards along with field-proven interoperability across connected devices, networks, and equipment.
It is the perfect solution for the secure hosting of sensitive network credentials and end-user identities while running critical operations such as IMSI encryption.
The Thales 5G SIM also offers unique flexibility and deployment scalability. It is post-issuance upgradable, just like any other smart connected object, while the physical SIM is always technically aligned with the telco's business roadmap.
Maximize 5G investments. Now.
With Thales's 5G SIM, telecom operators retain control over their end-user ID security policy and slice deployment.
It helps avoid friction in the network chain by quickly providing encrypted user IDs, especially during the 5G learning curve where network implementation is little-known, and unpredictable bad network or device behaviors could still occur.
There is no need to replace the physical SIM to integrate a new 5G 3GPP release.
It sounds simple, and it is.
An overnight upgrade is all that is required, as it already happens with smartphones.
Value-added applications are enhanced to maximize 5G investments, including the steering of roaming, slice selection, private/public network handover, and IOT safe (GSMA).
A preferred partner for many OEMs and vendors
Thales released the world's first 5G SIM in early 2019 and has more than 120 million units deployed worldwide across various 5G network implementations.
Our manufacturing footprint and agility, combined with our IC supply strategy, enabled us to serve our customers during tough times with Covid and the IC shortage without compromising product quality or lead times.
Thales has been the SIM market leader for over a decade, with a 23% market share, according to ABI Research (2022), supplying more than 450 telecom operators in 150 countries.
Our customers tell us we are their preferred partner to support innovation and help address their critical business challenges and transitions.
Indeed, we partner and co-engineer with more than 150 major network equipment vendors, device makers, and original equipment manufacturers.
Be ready for the upcoming 5G Challenges!