LTE has created a mobile environment rich in both opportunities and challenges for mobile network operators (MNOs). At the heart of this environment sits the LTE UICC; an all new, IP-connected multi-application platform. This brief guide describes how an MNO’s utilisation of the LTE UICC will play a huge part in defining how much control it is able to retain over the delivery of, and authentication to, today’s LTE mobile services, together with those yet to come.
If MNOs want to take full commercial advantage of the opportunities presented by LTE and safeguard their competitive standing in the industry, they will need to be smart about their choice of UICC features. In this webinar, Yves Portalier, Board Director, SIMalliance, provides key insights on how to optimize the UICC for LTE service delivery.
Released on 18.9.2013
UICC in LTE: A Guidance from SIMalliance
The SIMalliance believes, without a doubt, that LTE heralds the next major step in the development and delivery of a host of rich new multimedia services and applications. But more than this, by delivering a true broadband experience on the mobile, and through the integration of NFC, LTE will fundamentally change the way consumers communicate and transact, offering a seamless connection between the virtual and contextual worlds for the very first time. SIMalliance believes LTE offers opportunities for mobile operators to retain control of their subscribers (and revenues) against stiff opposition from over-the-top players, and to extend their influence outside of conventional mobile boundaries and into the wider online world. But LTE is also a disruptive force; it will enable greater competition from non-mobile players and increase the commoditization of voice services. Also, by opening the core network to a potentially unsecure IP layer, security will become an increasing issue. The UICC is a mandatory element in LTE as specified by 3GPP. However SIMalliance is recommending operators to adopt a UICC integrating specific features (See SIMalliance UICC Profile for LTE) to reduce the disruptive impact of LTE and to support the creation of a secure, open and interoperable environment where mobile services, and mobile operator revenues, thrive.
Technical requirements document identifies the integrated UICC features that will maximise service delivery and commercial utilisation of LTE/EPS networks.
Released on 24.6.2013
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