Fibocom module for Deutsche Telekom NuSIM

  • February 17, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Chinese wireless module provider Fibocom collaborated with Deutsche Telekom and Singapore-based Redtea Mobile to deliver a commercial-ready NuSIM module.

The Fibocom MA510-GL is a global LPWA multi-RAT module for GPRS, NB-IoT and LTE-M for use in smart meters, smart parking, wearable devices, asset tracking and smart city applications.

NuSIM is an integrated SIM developed by Deutsche Telekom dedicated to the IoT market, allowing IoT applications to eliminate the use of physical SIM cards. The NuSIM functionality is fully integrated into the module chips. That allows the module to offer clear design advantages with little hardware and software and significant space savings on the PCB. This should lead to smaller device size, reduced device cost and lower power consumption.

By optimising SIM functionality, profile load interfaces and removing the dependency on SMS and heavy embedded SIM (eSIM) protocol, the power consumption of the NuSIM module is up to 90% lower than traditional SIMs, making it suitable for mobile IoT devices that need extended battery life. Without relying on physical SIM card slots, NuSIM can also improve data security and protection from dust, moisture, temperature and vibrations.

“Fibocom is glad to be an early mover on the commercial launch of NuSIM module,” said Lars Thyroff, managing director for Fibocom in Emea. “The NuSIM technology will be ideal for the massive rollout of mobile IoT devices. Through the great simplicity, outstanding cost performance, the ultra-low power consumption of the MA510 NuSIM module, Fibocom will be able to deliver competitive advantages to customers in diverse vertical industries, allowing them to bring IoT to market with the lowest capital and time investment.”

Stefan Kaliner, head of UICC development at Deutsche Telekom, added: “I am proud to see our NuSIM initiative growing with IoT modules from Fibocom. We defined an integrated SIM, straight forward and yet secure, to answer an obvious market need. With Fibocom on board, we are able to cover another large chunk of the IoT market, bringing simplicity to where it makes sense.”

Redtea Mobile is an eSIM service provider that enables out-of-box connectivity with eSIM pre-installed in the device and ensures always-on connectivity with a remote SIM provisioning platform.

“We are honoured to work with industry pioneers including Deutsche Telekom and Fibocom to demonstrate our value in the shared ecosystem by jointly providing a commercial-ready means for SIM innovation to simplify deployment and optimise cellular connectivity in the IoT space globally,” said Xiaodong Guo, vice president at Redtea Mobile. “The new NuSIM module will be an ultra-low power product that can bring clear benefits of lower costs, higher SIM dispatch efficiency, streamlined SIM lifecycle management and overall design simplicity to our customer.”

Founded in 1999, Fibocom provides 5G, 4G, NB-IoT, eMTC, 3G, 2G, GNSS, wifi and Bluetooth wireless modules. Embedding Fibocom’s wireless modules into IoT devices makes then smart and remotely manageable with stable data transmission between devices and operation centre. Applications include smart retail, always connected PC, Industry 4.0, smart grid, smart homes, smart agriculture, smart cities, telemedicine, metering, smart security surveillance and intelligently connected cars.

Fibocom is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and has R&D centres in Shenzhen and Xi’an. It has more than 30 subsidiaries and regional operation centres in China, Americas, Emea and Asia Pacific regions. The company has more than 1000 employees, and provide products and services in more than 100 countries and regions.