Top Companies in the eSIM Industry

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Top Companies in the eSIM Industry

The global eSIM market reached US$ 10.2 Billion in 2023. eSIM or embedded SIM is a hardware chipset embedded into a device. It activates a mobile plan, authenticates user identity, and stores data and multiple operator profiles. It is employed in smartphones, laptops, tablets, connected vehicles, and machine-to-machine (M2M) operations. These sim cards are permanently mounted, improve reliability and security, and eliminate the physical need for handling SIM cards. As a result, eSIM is widely used across manufacturing, electronics, automotive, and energy and utility industries. 

As per the analysis by IMARC Group, the top eSIM companies are engaging in collaborations and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activities to strengthen their foothold in the market. They are also introducing advanced services and features to expand their consumer base. For instance, Thales has introduced a cloud version of its eSIM remote subscription platform on Google Cloud to help manage the increase of mobile subscriptions for eSIM-capable devices in more than 200 countries and territories. Moreover,  Vodafone Idea Ltd., India's telecommunications service provider, has launched eSIM for Vodafone postpaid customers for all eSIM-compatible Apple devices. Besides this, various key players are focusing on developing advanced and cost-effective solutions and technologies that is anticipated to propel market growth in the coming years. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 43.6 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 17.56% during 2024-2032.

Top 10 eSIM Companies Operating in the Global Market

1. Apple Inc. 

Establishment: 1976
Headquarters: California, the United States

Apple Inc. manufactures and markets personal computers, smartphones, tablets, wearables, and accessories. It also provides AppleCare support, cloud services store services, and App Store that allows customers to discover and download applications and digital content. The company serves consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and the education, enterprise, and government markets. Presently, it distributes third-party applications for its products through the App Store.  

2. Arm Limited

Establishment: 1990                                                                        
Headquarters: England, the United Kingdom

Arm is a semiconductor and software design company. Its designs and markets ARM processors (CPUs). It also designs other chips, offers systems and platforms, system-on-a-chip (SoC) infrastructure and software, and provides software development tools under the DS-5, RealView, and Keil brands. The company has recently launched new technologies compliant with GSMA Embedded SIM specifications to offer secure identity in cellular IoT applications for device makers and service providers. 

3. AT&T Inc.

Establishment: 1983
Headquarters:  Dallas, Texas

AT&T Inc. offers media and technology services worldwide. It primarily provides wireless voice and data communications services, wireless data cards, computing devices, carrying cases, and hands-free devices through company-owned and third-party retail stores. It also provides voice, data, security, cloud outsourcing, managed and professional services, and customer premises equipment for multinational corporations, small and mid-sized businesses, and wholesale customers. In addition, the company provides fiber and legacy telephony voice communication services to residential customers. 

4. Deutsche Telekom AG

Establishment: 1995
Headquarters: Bonn, Germany

Deutsche Telekom AG provides integrated telecommunication services. It offers fixed-network services, voice, and data communication services, and sells terminal equipment and other hardware products. The company also provides mobile voice and data services to consumers. In addition, it offers internet services, internet-based TV products and services, and information and communication technology systems. The company operates several subsidiaries worldwide, including the well-known mobile communications brand T-Mobile.

5. Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

Establishment: 1852
Headquarters: Munich, Germany 

Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) provides security technology solutions. It provides banknotes, securities printing, smart cards, and cash handling systems. Presently, the company employs 11,500 people and has a presence in 33 countries. It primarily serves central and commercial banks, health insurance companies, automotive manufacturers, mobile network providers, governments, and public authorities. 


Establishment: 2017
Headquarters: Courbevoie, France

IDEMIA is a multinational technology company that provides identity-related security services, facial recognition, and other biometric identification products to private companies and governments. Presently, the company employs 15,000 employees in more than 2,300 enterprises spread over 180 countries.

7. Infineon Technologies AG

Establishment: 1999
Headquarters: Munich, Germany

Infineon Technologies AG manufactures and markets semiconductors and related system solutions. It is one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world. The company's connected, secure systems provide connectivity solutions, microcontrollers, embedded security controllers, and security controllers for automotive, consumer electronics, authentication, government identification document, mobile communication, payment system, Internet of Things (IoT), ticketing, access control, and trusted computing applications. At present, Infineon has operations across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, North America, Europe, and South America. 

8. NTT Docomo Inc. (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation)

Establishment: 1992
Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan

NTT DOCOMO is Japan's largest telecommunications company that provides customers with a wide range of telecommunication services like wireless networks, satellite telecommunications, and mobile devices. It serves customers in Japan through advanced wireless networks and a nationwide LTE network. Besides this, the company also provides technical and operational expertise to mobile operators and other companies to contribute to the global standardization of new mobile technologies.

9. NXP Semiconductors N.V.

Establishment: 2006
Headquarters: Eindhoven, the Netherlands

NXP Semiconductors N.V. is one of the leading providers of application processors, microcontrollers, communication processors, wireless connectivity solutions, analog and interface devices, radio frequency power amplifiers, and security controllers. The company's product solutions are used in automotive, industrial and Internet of Things, mobile, and communication infrastructure. Presently, NXP markets its products to various original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and distributors across the Netherlands, China, the United States, Singapore, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and other countries. 

10. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Establishment: 1969
Headquarters: Suwon-si, South Korea

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a multinational electronics corporation that engages in consumer electronics, information technology, mobile communications, and device solutions businesses. It provides home appliances, TVs, sound devices, tablets, monitors, smartphones, smart and LED signages, watches, and other accessories. In addition, it provides financing, marketing, consulting, technology and cloud services, enterprise automation solutions, connected services, and optimization services for network devices and digital advertising platforms. Presently, the company serves hospitality, finance, retail, education, government, transportation, manufacturing, public safety, and healthcare industries. 

11. Sierra Wireless

Establishment: 1993
Headquarters: Columbia, Canada 

Sierra Wireless, Inc. provides device-to-cloud Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. It provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with 5G, 4G LTE, third generation/second generation, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, low power wide area, global navigation satellite system connectivity, and IoT connectivity services. It also offers IoT applications and advanced network management, managed network services, mobility applications, asset, fleet, and cargo tracking services, and alarm communications. Currently, the company serves industrial companies, enterprises, and OEMs through direct and indirect channels, such as OEMs, distributors, value-added resellers, and mobile network operators.

12. STMicroelectronics N.V.

Establishment: 1987
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland 

STMicroelectronics N.V. designs, develop, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products across the globe. It offers automotive integrated circuits (ICs), industrial application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), general-purpose analog products, custom analog ICs, wireless charging solutions, galvanic isolated gate drivers, comparators, radio frequency (RF) and electrically erasable programmable read-only memories, mixed-signal ASICs. The company sells its products through retailers, distributors, and sales representatives in industrial, personal electronics and communications equipment, automotive, computers, and peripherals markets.

13. Telefónica S.A

Establishment: 1924
Headquarters: Madrid, Spain 

Telefónica, S.A., is a multinational communications company that provides telecommunications services. It offers mobile voice, mobile data and Internet, PSTN lines, ISDN accesses, telephony information services, and leases and sells handset equipment. The company also provides Internet and broadband multimedia services. In addition, Telefonica offers leased lines, fiber optics, web hosting and application, virtual private network, outsourcing and consultancy, desktop and system integration, and professional services. Moreover, offers online telemedicine, home insurance, music streaming, and consumer loan services across Europe and Latin America. 

14. Thales Group 

Establishment: 1893
Headquarters: Paris, France 
Thales S.A. provides various solutions for civilian and military customers. It offers communications, command, protection, and mission/combat systems, detection, surveillance, intelligence systems, training and simulation solutions, and digital identity and security solutions. In addition, It designs, operates, and delivers satellite-based systems for telecommunications, navigation, earth observation, and science and orbital infrastructures. The company also provides eSIM subscription management platforms for mobile operators, operator alliances, MVNOs, car manufacturers, and OEMs.

15. Vodafone Group Plc

Establishment: 1985
Headquarters: Newbury, the United Kingdom 

Vodafone Group Public Limited Company offers telecommunication services in Europe and internationally. It offers mobile services, broadband, television (TV) offerings, and Internet of Things (IoT) comprising logistics and fleet management, insurance, cloud, smart metering, and security services. The company also offers M-Pesa, which provides money transfer, financial, and business and merchant payment services. Presently, Vodafone is operating across 21 countries worldwide.

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Shree Basu
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Shree Basu is an experienced content writer with a passion for researching diverse markets, ranging from technology to chemistry to agriculture. She has around two years of experience in different aspects of market research and has worked with multiple startups and enterprises in the B2B, B2C, and retail industries. In her free time, Shree enjoys reading, feeding stray animals, and watching crime documentaries.

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