The Ministry of communications allowed the operator Tele2 to continue the experiment according to the eSim results. About this in an interview with the newspaper “Vedomosti” said Deputy Minister of communications Oleg Ivanov.
ESim is a module built into the tablet, smartphone or smart watch. Technology allows you to connect to the network and make calls without a physical SIM card. For this you need to scan the QR-code, which is given by the operator, and the new number will be written to the module. The main advantage of eSim — switch operators without visiting salons. Service will be interesting also for foreign travelers to get local with great rates. Today, the service eSim operates in 24 countries, but Russia is still a novelty. Prevent outdated legislation, says Director General of the analytical Agency TelecomDaily Denis Kuskov.
Denis Kuskov, General Director of information-analytical Agency TelecomDaily “the cost of e-SIM card is a small issue in the legislative aspect. As we know, the operator works in accordance with the Russian law on communications, and the acquisition of SIM cards is possible only upon presentation of passport data. Reception is possible only to those users that are identified as holders of the right passport. Electronic SIM cards for Russia — a novelty, it is more interested in the company Tele2, which is behind the Federal three. It seems to me that in any case, the increased level of competition always benefits the citizens, the users of cellular operators.”
Your experiment results eSim Tele2 began April 29, was harvested five thousand cards. But the next day the operator said about the lack of virtual love. Soon the Ministry of communications suspended the project, “security”. But the FSB said that eSim “violates the principles of cryptography”. Now, according to Deputy Minister of communications Oleg Ivanov, Tele2 has corrected the deficiencies and returned to the experiment. Against technology eSim made earlier and the big three: MTS, “MegaFon” and “Beeline”. Operators fear the increased competition and the reduction of revenue due to “spillover” of the subscriber base. However, the arrival of eSim on the market — it is inevitable, says the blogger Wylsacom Valentin Petukhov.
Valentin Petukhov, blogger, founder of YouTube channel Wylsacom “given the fact that Tele2 was allowed to continue experiments and found no restrictions, from the standpoint of network security and no bodies so far, no complaints. There is a feeling that after the test period, Tele2 may launch and commercial operation of this function. It is now obvious that this technology came on the market quite active, and one who will be first to implement it, will get increase in the subscriber base. To change the operator for you with one click directly on your phone, no need to go to the office or anywhere else. For operators who are accustomed to value their subscriber base, it’s scary. I think big business needs in this case to take an active part, and also to introduce this technology, because it can not escape”.
As said Oleg Ivanov, for the experiment, Tele2 has allocated 15 thousand virtual SIM cards. To receive them should come with a passport in one of the six outlets of the operator in Moscow. Today, the eSim module built for the iPhone XS iPhone 11, the Google Pixel smartphones, tablets, Apple and Microsoft, as well as in “smart” watches from Apple, Samsung and Huawei.
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