Gemalto launches its first 5G SIM card before the summer.

Gemalto launches its first 5G SIM card before the summer.

Gemalto claims to have developed the first 5G SIM card and will launch it before the summer. The 5G Sim comes in three versions: a traditional removable SIM card, a built-in SIM card (eSIM) and a M2M SIM card (machine-to-machine).

All versions follow both the specifications of the 3GPP and the recommendations of SIMalliance for 5G SIM cards. Gemalto is the first party to offer a solution that is considered suitable for securing 5G network access.

The new SIM card seamlessly supports global 5G roaming, fully encrypts and anonymises subscriber identities and increases security against hacks and data leaks. Gemalto emphasizes that because of the anonymizing function, providers fully comply with the GDPR and that the abuse of information for locating or tracking users is eliminated.

The 5G SIM provides the basis for confidence in this next-generation mobile network for operators and other stakeholders in the ecosystem. It will help operators unlock the full 5G potential, maximize their network investments and simplify the new service deployment with full backward compatibility with previous 3G / 4G technology, said Emmanuel Unguran, executive vice president of Gemalto.

Snapdragon 855

The SIM cards will be used in new smartphones that are launching this year with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset. Qualcomm Technologies has a long-standing relationship with Gemalto, aimed at providing mobile solutions with robust security. We are now extending this partnership to enable OEMs to easily develop 5G devices with strong security, says Qualcomm senior director Gautam Sheoran.

By 2024, network provider Ericsson predicts 1.5 billion active 5G subscriptions. The use cases for the new SIM card include faster mobile broadband, large-scale IOT installations and critical telecom infrastructure.

Related: Qualcomm already introduces successor brand new 5G chip

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.