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With 5G wireless networks continuing to be deployed in 2020, the issue of 5G cybersecurity remains a huge area of uncertainty. Despite telcos’ enthusiasm to roll out the network as quickly as possible, Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, stresses that security is not a feature that should be added after the design of a product or service, but rather as an integral part of the design process. He believes that building secure products from the ground-up requires a strong reliance on a root of trust.

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The digital revolution has exposed abundant value opportunities for companies to raise efficiency and develop new kinds of products, services, and business models. Accenture is the engine to help transform businesses and leverage the new technologies that are disrupting the industry as we know it. Only by building strong innovation capabilities, can companies successfully make the wise pivot and manage disruption. Xavier Anglada is the Strategy & Consulting lead for Accenture in the MENA region, and is leading his team in harnessing the power of innovation and disruption in the digital era. Telecom Review sat down with Anglada to explore how disruption is playing out in the Middle East, and how companies can leverage new digital technologies to power through their digital transformation journey.

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Notes from the Chief Editor

The eSIM, which stands for embedded SIM, is a SIM chip that is standardized to be able to operate with multiple mobile devices and multi networks globally.

The new SIM technology allows multiple applications and on the cloud re-programing. It makes it easier to switch networks, or switch between personal and business numbers at any time.

The eSIM enables a device to have multiple device operating profiles at once, using different profiles. The multiple profiles can be used remotely and can be switched between each other depending on the user. The eSIM also enables users to use the same SIM while switching mobile carriers, thus the global eSIM market is eliminating the need for physically replacing the SIM card.

The GSMA, which issued in March 2018 white papers on the eSIM, followed by certification references as of May 2018, set a Global Certification Forum and PTCRB for eSIM functional testing.

Also, recognizing the importance of interoperability and security for products supporting eSIM-based remote SIM provisioning, the GSMA has developed a compliance framework for eSIM devices, eUICCs and subscription management servers, SM-DP+ and SM-DS.

The benefits of adopting the eSIM technology include the increase in the reliability of this SIM in comparison to the current SIM cards as there is less chance for mechanical failures.

The eSIM can be used in several devices, even very small ones. Some analysts said the eSIM may bring even smaller devices.

The eSIM also needs a device that supports the technology, which is restraining the growth of the global eSIM market.


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