One of Singapore’s leading mobile network operators is partnering with IDEMIA in an effort to provide better 5G services for its customers. To that end, IDEMIA will be supplying M1 Limited with encrypted SIM cards that will make it easier (and safer) for people to gain access to M1’s standalone 5G network.
M1 Limited has previously provided subscribers with free standalone 5G SIM cards following the launch of its True 5G network through a market trial. The SIM cards were delivered as part of a subscription booster that was intended to promote 5G adoption.
The partnership with IDEMIA will allow M1 to replace those original SIM cards with a more secure option. In that regard, IDEMIA’s standalone SA SIM cards come with an International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) feature that encrypts the subscriber data on the card and ensures that no one else can gain access to that user information when the card makes contact with a 5G network. The IMSI card will also store temporary connection keys that allow subscribers to re-establish a network connection that has been disrupted.
In doing so, the IDEMIA cards will enable more consistent connectivity and 5G performance. The cards themselves were designed with an eye toward convenience and user privacy, and will consequently encrypt the IMSI number of each subscriber.
“IDEMIA is proud to provide the technologies and expertise that ensure our partners stay ahead of the curve in their respective industries,” said IDEMIA APAC Mobile Operators VP Benson Yeo. “We are excited to be a part of [M1 Limited’s] efforts to deliver a more seamless, secured, and efficient connectivity experience to subscribers.”
The news comes just after a month after IDEMIA announced that it would be providing IMSI encrypted cards for the KT Corporation in South Korea. The GSMA has predicted that APAC mobile operators will dump $331 billion into their 5G networks in the next few years, and more recently accredited IDEMIA’s Universal Integrated Circuit Card (eUICC) for use in IoT devices.