China is organizing research to promote the application of eSIM technology in smartphones and other devices

Some netizens left a message on the official website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to ask about eSIM cards, saying that the use of eSIM cards has recently caused a greater discussion. Does China have eSIM mobile phone cards? Promotion Plan?

In response, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology replied today that it is organizing research to promote the application of eSIM technology on smartphones and other devices. "Our ministry attaches great importance to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of consumers and insists on actively promoting the application and promotion of new technologies and equipment on the basis of ensuring the legitimate rights and interests of users and information security. At present, our ministry is organizing relevant units to study and promote the application of eSIM technology in tablets. Applications on computers, portable computers, and smartphone devices will expand the application scope of eSIM technology when conditions are ripe.”


eSIM is an embedded SIM (Embedded-SIM), which is directly embedded in the terminal unlike traditional SIM cards that need to be plugged in and unplugged.

At present, the three major operators have all been approved by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to carry out eSIM technology application services in the IoT field. At the beginning of 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued approval for China Unicom to develop eSIM technology application services in the Internet of Things and other fields. In October 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued an approval document agreeing to China Mobile and China Telecom to carry out eSIM technology application services in the Internet of Things and other fields.

The "14th Five-Year Plan for the Information and Communication Industry Development Plan" issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology at the end of 2021 mentioned that the promotion of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, edge computing, embedded SIM card (eSIM), advanced computing and quantum computing application, and deepen the expansion of new technologies and new businesses in vertical industries and fields.

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