TRAI Unveils Guidelines for Embedded SIMs, Boosting IoT Expansion

TRAI's new guidelines for embedded SIMs signal a significant push for IoT expansion in India.

By Sunil Sonkar
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TRAI Unveils Guidelines for Embedded SIMs, Boosting IoT Expansion

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is making a big move to boost Internet of Things (IoT) devices expansion in the country. They have lately unveiled some new guidelines for embedded SIMs and this is said to be playing an important role.


IoT is all about connecting different devices to the internet to enable them to communicate with each other. The devices in the network of IoT could be anything like smart meters and sensors used in agriculture. With the help of IoT lives will become easier as several tasks will be automated.

The guidelines of TRAI aim to make IoT devices work smoothly and especially with the arrival of 5G technology in the country. One important rule to take note here is that if the embedded SIM is using a foreign network, switching to an Indian network will be mandatory within six months.

The Indian network rule is basically to make sure that our data is secure besides taking full advantage of the services provided by Indian telecom companies. TRAI simultaneously is seeking to ensure that these embedded SIMs are secure.

Another rule to understand here is about allowing device manufacturers to choose where to install the local network profile. They can decide whether to do it here in India or through the existing foreign systems. The get the flexibility and simultaneously ensure that our data is safe and accessible.

The government will be reviewing the recommendations of TRAI and hammer the final decision. If the rules are given a go-to nod, it will definitely mean a big boost for the IoT industry in India. We could see in future more innovative devices coming into the market. Our lives will thereafter become more connected and more efficient.

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