Nepal Telecom is planning to import around 80 lakh eSIM in Nepal by the next fiscal year. It has included plans to bolster the eSIM platform in Nepal in the budget for the fiscal year 2078/79. In this post, we will be discussing the key features of eSIM and its implementation in Nepal.
Nepal Telecom eSIM implementation:
What is an eSIM?
eSIM or eUICC (Embedded Universal Circuit Card) differs from regular SIM cards as it is virtual, and is embedded into the smartphone itself. It is backed by GSMA and you can rewrite the information on an eSIM.
With this, you no longer have to change the physical SIM when you want to switch to a network operator. In this case, eSIM will help you authenticate your detail with the new operator.
Advantages of eSIM:
- Easier to switch network operator
- Supports dual-SIM connectivity
- Takes up less space than traditional SIM cards
Disadvantages of eSIM:
- Switching smartphones is tedious
- Can be comparatively easier to track
Most flagship phones are eSIM compatible, including the ones from Samsung (Galaxy S, Note, Z series), Apple, Huawei (P, Mate series), and Google. Brands even include it on their high-end smartwatches. Galaxy Watch 3 and Apple Watch Series 6 are the latest smartwatches from Samsung and Apple, respectively, and both are eSIM compliant.
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eSIM implementation by Nepal Telecom
Nepal Telecom will be the first carrier to allow eSIM connection in Nepal. It is planning to import around 80 lakh eSIM in Nepal in the upcoming fiscal year. NT has already determined a tender for 75 lakh eSIM.
The remaining will be brought as per the requirement. For this, it needs to have a working eSIM platform. Though it has not specified the exact amount, it has already allocated a budget for the project. It is not clear yet if it will purchase a third-party solution or build one from the ground up.
If everything goes well, eSIM in Nepal will be a reality from next year. Then again, the number of eSIM compatible devices in Nepal isn’t that high so we’re not sure how smoothly this implementation will go.
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