is this Project about?
Recent trends in SIM card technologies such
as high speed protocol (USB), Smart Card Web Server (SCWS) and Java Card
3.0 facilitate IP-enabled SIM cards (i.e. SIM card supporting TCP/IP
protocol suite). The introduction of embeddable Web applications having
access to secure IP connectivity (TCP/IP + HTTP(S)) over high-speed
protocol (USB) opens new possibilities for Mobile Network operators.
Further, Java Card 3.0 offers a secure environment with multithreading,
TCP/IP network connectivity and an embedded web server on the SIM card.
Based on these features, Mobile Network Operators will have new
possibilities of offering services to end-users based on enhanced
communication between the mobile terminal, the SIM card and an IP-based
network. For example local applications could be enriched with online
content, and online applications can be personalized with local content
in a secure manner. Furthermore, Smart Card Web Server as well as Java
Card 3.0 services offer a much richer user interface towards the mobile
It is essential for Mobile Network Operators to know and understand how
IP-enabled SIM cards make it possible to offer new services, limitations
imposed by terminals, and how business opportunities are affected.
Mobile Network Operators also need to consider barriers and drivers for
introducing IP-enabled SIM cards.
are the main objectives of this Project?
The objectives of this study are:
- Provide an overview of the
state-of-the-art for next generation IP-enabled SIM cards (i.e.
supporting TCP/IP protocol suite).
- Investigate current trends in the
SIM and handset market.
- Evaluate implications that
IP-enabled SIM cards will have on Mobile Network Operators.
- Identify new services and domains.
- Discuss possible business opportunities and roles for MNOs.
- Recognise barriers and driver for introducing IP-enabled SIM
- Sketch example scenarios enabled by SIM cards offering IP support.