About Smart Cards : Applications : Telecommunications

Telecommunications Applications

Smart cards are used extensively in the telecommunications industry worldwide. Eurosmart has reported that 4.85 billion smart secure device were shipped globally for telecommunications applications in 2013. Eurosmart is estimating that the shipments will grow to 5.1 billion in 2014.

Smart cards are used in two primary telecommunications applications – as prepaid (stored value memory cards) telephone cards and as the microprocessor smart card-based Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) or Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile devices. In addition, new NFC-enabled mobile phones that incorporate a secure element are being used for a variety of applications, including mobile contactless payments, ticketing and mobile marketing.

Smart Cards, SIMs and UICCs

A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card is a type of microcontroller-based smart card used in mobile phones and other devices. A SIM identifies and authenticates a subscriber to a wireless mobile phone network. Unless blocked by the operator, a subscriber can move his phone service to a new phone just by physically moving the SIM. SIMs also facilitate global roaming, providing subscribers with access to voice, data and other services when traveling in other countries. In addition, SIMs can store contact information and phone numbers, and can be used for other applications.

The Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) is a new generation of SIM technology optimized for newer wireless network standards. The term SIM is widely used in the industry and especially with consumers to mean both SIMs and UICCs, although they are different technologies. The UICC offers many enhanced capabilities, including better support for multiple applications and IP addressing.

SIMs and the newer UICCs are used in mobile networks based on several different standards, but the fact that they are mandatory in GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) networks has been a very significant market driver.

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Smart Card Telecommunications Applications

Smart Card Telecommunications Applications

Smart Card Telecommunications Applications

Smart Card Telecommunications Applications

See also: Transportation