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Google’s eSIMs on the Pixel are just the beginning

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Google’s eSIMs on the Pixel are just the beginning

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“The [ability to accept over-the-air updates] is the crucial point and the reason for carrier reluctance, but the market will likely standardize around the GSMA (GSM Association) regulations which clearly prohibit the SIM from ever being ‘locked’ to a single provider. The chief inhibitors to eSIM growth right now are high cost from the lack of scale economies, and the reluctance of carrier to adopt more quickly,” said Hahn.
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The idea of what an eSIM can do is simple: the moment a device travels outside of its local network, it immediately transfers to whatever that new local network is, and it is treated as a local device rather than a roaming one. So if you are with Rogers in Canada and travel to the U.S., instead of roaming on AT&T’s network, you would be treated as a local user on the network with the same plan and benefits of that plan from your local network back home.

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One of those things one wishes had been invented at the beginning of the cellular system. The other one being of course just one shared network like the internet instead of separate sets of towers and backhauls.


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I have often thought the carriers should share networks, at least in remote areas where there are not a lot of customers. However, for the past couple of years or so, we can now roam onto another carrier at no cost. I experienced this a little over a year ago in Bancroft. I'm on Rogers, but found myself on Bell.

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I have often thought the carriers should share networks,
You can thank Industry Canada for that. Selling blocks of airwaves for exclusive use by single carrier was very short sighted on their part. The few $billion it brought in looks good politically in the year it is done. It costs Canadians much more in reduced competition and lost opportunities for innovation in underserved areas.
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No reason why a carrier can't have their own RF gear on a shared tower. Cell networks are connected by IP/Ethernet these days, so the back haul is a lot easier than it used to be and could also be shared.

BTW, I have done some work for cell companies. I was involved in the original Wind deployment and Rogers LTE roll out. Last week I was working on project for the Freedom upgrade to 4G.

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That's treating cellular wireless infrastructure as a utility. That's a good idea. Airwaves, by law, are public property and treating cellular wireless infrastructure as a utility is in keeping with that. The only remaining issue is, who will pay for the infrastructure? A well managed utility could do so and make a profit. But then "well managed utility" has become an oxymoron in most countries. I'm not sure that the options we currently have are any better though.
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