What Are Nepal’s Mobile Service Providers Doing for E-SIM?

What Are Nepal's Mobile Service Providers Doing for E-Sim

What do we usually think of as SIM? A small card with a chip attached to the same plastic which can be used to make phone calls and access data whether it’s micro, mini, or nano.

But, at present, that is the only thing that is incomplete to understand the SIM. Even though it is a small card made of plastic, it contains information such as mobile numbers, storage that can store contact numbers.

Even if you have to change the mobile, you can take out the SIM and put it in another phone which makes it easier.

E-SIM has been launched recently to make it even easier which has replaced the physically available small plastic cards.

At the same time, mobile devices are embedded with SIM cards. We can also move the data from one phone to another.

Not only this, but the data available in e-SIM can also be changed as required. This means you can connect to another mobile service provider’s network without removing the SIM card.

Another advantage of this is that there is no need to create a separate space on the mobile device to keep the SIM card. In this case, the SIM can be used in smartwatches and fitness devices.

Thus, the e-SIM embedded in the device is likely to completely replace the physical SIM card in the future. However, so far the number of telecom service providers providing e-SIM and mobile devices supporting e-SIM is not so high.

However, mobile service providers in some parts of the world have developed e-SIM support systems. Even companies like Airtel and Geo have begun to provide such support in India.
Currently Apple’s iPad Pro, Apple Watch Series 3, Watch Series 4, Series 5, iPhone X and XS Max, iPhone XR as well as iPhone 11 and 12 Series iPhones support e-SIM.

Google’s Pixel 2, Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel Four, Pixel Four XL, Pixel 4a also have e-SIM support. In addition, Samsung’s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S2020 Ultra also supports e-SIM.

The number of providers of telecommunications services and mobile devices is thus steadily growing. In this context, the future of tomorrow will definitely be e-SIM.

In the current situation where e-SIM is being used in the global market, what is being prepared for it in Nepal? With Nepal’s telecom service provider companies, we have attempted to understand this issue.

What is the preparation in Nepal?

Nepal’s telecom service providers have so far not been able to plan this issue. According to Nepal Telecom spokesman Rajesh Joshi, no arrangements have been made for e-SIM in this regard by telecoms.

He said that if e-SIM is needed according to the demand of the time, Telecom will be prepared to provide such a service. Similarly, another service provider Ncell has said that the company has not made any preparations for the e-SIM enabled devices as they are still under construction.

Ncell has confirmed that as the market is getting ready, it will provide e-SIM based on the need after studying.