Japanese mobile operator launches eSIM mobile service

August 8, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms

Japanese mobile operator launches eSIM mobile service

G+D Mobile Security is a global mobile security technology company headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Japanese network provider, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) announced it has launched an eSIM service for mobile on Wednesday, 7 August 2019. The AirOn+ platform from G+D Mobile Security is enabling eSIM management.

The service, officially named ‘IIJmio Mobile Service Light Start Plan’, is said to be the first eSIM service for sim lock-free mobile devices in Japan. Its main goal is to connect to the IIJ mobile data network via eSIM and support, amongst others, the Apple iPhones XS, XS Max and XR, the Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced and various Apple iPads.

For eSIM management, the new service uses the AirOn+ platform. The solution hosted by G+D Mobile Security aims to enable users to download the SIM profiles required to activate the service securely and easily ‘over the air’. With AirOn+, IIJ hopes to commission the end devices and manage them in its network.

“With our new service, which is initially available as a beta version, we are heralding the era of eSIM in Japan,” says Shigeo Yabuki, Director of MVNO Division at IIJ. “As a partner for eSIM management, we have chosen G+D Mobile Security as the leading provider in this area, which stands for efficiency, flexibility and security.”

“IIJ’s new service is a further proof that the eSIM is a strategic issue for mobile virtual operators worldwide,” says Carsten Ahrens, CEO of G+D Mobile Security. “We are very pleased to support the company in its pioneering work and thus to further advance the broad breakthrough of this technology in the consumer mass market.”

Edited by Jenna Cook

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