LONDON and SHANGHAI, June 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Kigen, a global leader in eSIM (eUICC) technology, and Tongxin Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (TMC), an industry-leading semiconductor solution provider, today announced a GSMA-certified consumer eSIM solution for affordable customer premise equipment (CPE) solutions. CPE devices bridge the “last mile” in delivering 5G networks for businesses or households that lack connectivity or networks in motion. This solution allows OEMs to support the demand for greater diversity in 4G/5G CPE devices addressing the next billion connections.
Operator demand for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is driving the need for a multitude of CPE form factors. This includes indoor, rooftop, wall-mounted, or portable and battery-operated CPE devices. 5G FWA has arrived in populous countries such as India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, and South Africa. “Global 5G FWA CPE cumulative revenues are expected to reach over $100 billion between 2020-2030,” said Neil Shah, VP of Research at Counterpoint Technology and Research, “Bringing down the total cost of 5G FWA CPE is integral to 5G broadband adoption, scale and return on investment for all stakeholders in this price sensitive segment.”
The joint solution is based on Kigen’s Consumer eSIM OS, the world’s most compact size eSIM OS, on TMC’s THD89 series eSIM chipset, available as a smaller WLCSP package and using Kigen Remote SIM provisioning platform for IoT devices. This combines Kigen’s highly efficient eSIM proposition and TMC’s robust security IC expertise for:
- Easy installation: Simple field setup workflow to onboard new devices with profile download via an accompanying app.
- CPE management: Better IT or admin experience through digital profile downloads for activation or switching profiles.
- Driving innovation: OEMs can focus on value-added services through streamlined fleet management.
This joint solution is sampling with customers addressing Retail Point of Sale (POS), smart metering, and logistics eSIM applications with CPE devices.
“CPE devices are a catalyst for much larger, global deployments of the 5G roll-out and an absolutely critical requirement to ensure a great return on the 5G investment,” said Vincent Korstanje, CEO of Kigen. “Kigen’s focus on energy efficient security OS for IoT now extends to the consumer market and brings time-to-market advantage in combination with TMC’s chip expertise to scale fast.”
“We are excited to partner with Kigen to deliver an eSIM solution to our customers,” said John Zou, Vice GM of TMC. “The eSIM solution will enable device makers to provide their customers with global connectivity without the need for changing physical SIM cards. This will make it easier for device makers to sell products in multiple countries.”
This CPE solution is available now, and interested OEMs can see it during MWC Shanghai 2023 during 28-30 June 2023. For more information, please visit https://kigen.com/esim/ or https://www.tsinghuaic.com/
At Kigen, we are integrating security to better lives with eSIM (eUICC) and iSIM technology across all connected products and data. Our industry-leading SIM OS products enable over 2 billion SIMs. Our GSMA-certified remote SIM provisioning and eSIM services drive this momentum, further recognizing us as one of the global eSIM enablement leaders. As an Arm-founded company, we bring an ecosystem approach to driving innovation and collaboration. For more information, visit kigen.com or speak to us on LinkedIn about #futureofSIM.
TONGXIN MICRO, TSINGTENG MICRO, CHIPOWER TECH, ICIN TECHNOLOGY are the principal enterprises of automotive electronics and smart chips in the Tsinghua Group, whose business area covers smart cards, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, MCU, memory, and devices. We have accumulated industry-leading chip R&D technology and wafer testing capabilities, won the First Prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, CC EAL6+, GSMA SAS-UP, AEC-Q100 Grade1, ISO 26262 ASIL-D, and other awards and certifications. We have nearly 300 authorized patents and have developed into an industry-leading semiconductor solution provider.