nuSIM for IoT: Deutsche Telekom leads development

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nuSIM for IoT: Deutsche Telekom leads development

Deutsche Telekom has brought industry-leading partners together to develop nuSIM, a ground-breaking solution which moves the SIM functionality from the physical SIM card directly to the chipset. nuSIM is specifically designed for low-cost devices used in mobile IoT applications with a long life-span, such as asset trackers or smart motion or temperature sensors. It will be commercially available in the second half of 2019.

Deutsche Telekom has built a solid track record in IoT technology innovation over the past years. The most important success driver for us is to anticipate customer needs to make sure we enable their business success,

says Ingo Hofacker, Senior Vice President, responsible for the IoT business at Deutsche Telekom.

nuSIM, our rigorously optimized SIM solution for the cost-sensitive mobile IoT market is our latest endeavor and an important building block for our offering moving forward.

The elimination of the physical SIM card simplifies the form factor of an IoT device as there are no additional contacts, circuit paths or SIM card holders to consider. nuSIM provides a minimum hardware and software footprint for cost-efficient implementations with minimal power consumption. Device vendors benefit from better design options due to smaller package size and extended battery life. SIM logistics, such as stock keeping or handling, are no longer necessary. IoT service providers can save costs through a simple digital process which puts the operator’s credentials onto the device during manufacturing time. Customers also benefit from the lower device cost. Mobile IoT projects can be started quicker and easier since a fully operational SIM is already on board.
Deutsche Telekom has partnered with leaders in the respective fields of IoT chipsets, modules and digital security to cooperate on nuSIM. Among them are

  • for chipsets: Altair Semiconductor, Commsolid/Goodix, HiSilicon, Nordic Semiconductor, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung Electronics, Sequans Communications
  • for modules: Quectel Wireless Solutions, Sierra Wireless, Telit, u-blox, Nordic Semiconductor
  • for digital security: Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security

Deutsche Telekom is ready to share the technology with other operators and vendors in the IoT segment to establish a viable eco-system. Interested parties are welcome to join.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Deutsche Telekom


  1. Hello,
    We are a startup working eSIM modules for our IOT tracking project. We would like to get in touch with Deutsche Telecom. Is there anyone you can recommend that we can get in touch with?

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