Ericsson is bringing on-device eSIM services to a pair of new Samsung smartphones. To that end, Ericsson has launched a new entitlement server solution that will allow Samsung owners to remotely activate an eSIM subscription without the need for a QR code.
The news comes shortly after the January debut of Ericsson’s new eSIM solution, which blends Ericsson’s Secure Entitlement Server with its eSIM manager platform. The former enables the remote activation of new subscriptions, while the latter is a fully automated service that will make it easier to keep track of (and manage) the devices that are tied to those accounts.
The arrangement with Samsung will extend Ericsson’s eSIM services to the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Z Flip, the new foldable smartphone that was revealed last month. The Samsung offerings will be the first smartphones that take advantage of the Ericsson solution.
“Together with Samsung, we are introducing a unique and easy on-device subscription activation solution for smartphones,” explained Ericsson Head of Solution Area Communication Services Monica Zethzon. “This industry first brings a superior digital experience for consumers and new business opportunities and operational cost savings for our customers.”
For Ericsson, the Samsung alliance is the first stage of a broader eSIM deployment. At the moment, the service is only available in select regions with specific service providers, though Ericsson is currently negotiating with other service providers to expand its reach.
The interoperable eSIM solution is compatible with smartphones and other devices. It will allow users to activate a new subscription (or transfer a subscription to a new device) without making a visit to a brick-and-mortar retail outlet. According to Ericsson, the process only takes a matter of seconds, and is carried out with a few clicks on the device in question.
Meanwhile, the Ericsson Spectrum Sharing platform recently picked up a pair of prizes at the 2020 GLOMO Awards.