Impact Analysis of Covid-19
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The term eSIM means embedded SIM card. In other words, eSIM is form of programmable SIM card that is embedded directly into a device. eSIM is a small chip that is used to authenticate user identity with his or her carrier. eSIM provides many advantages such as support multiple accounts, allow switching to various mobile network operators and also manages accounts by updating the software setting from user devices. eSIM finds its applications in smartphones, laptop, tablet, wearables, connected car, M2M, and many others. These factors are expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period.
The global eSIM market is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period (2020–2027) due to increasing demand from consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and others. According to Coherent Market Insights, in China, the penetration of smartphones increased from 676.5 million in 2017 to 782.3 million in 2020. Furthermore, increasing disposable income in developed and emerging economies has led to higher spending on smartphone devices. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), China’s rural and urban per capita disposable income reached US$ 5,658.45 from US$ 2,107.2 in 2018. Moreover, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), disposable personal income in the U.S. increased to US$ 16,706.40 billion in December 2019 from US$ 16,675.80 billion in November 2019. Moreover, smartphone manufactures are focusing on developing new advanced technology smartphones and several telecom industries are getting benefits due to these new developments. Thus, growth in the smartphone industry has led many telecom industries to design and develop eSIM with advanced features and replaced traditional SIM card adoptions. The growing trend in smartphone adoption is expected to boost the eSIM market as smartphone manufacturer are emphasizing on offering their products with eSIM.
Increasing security threats is expected to hamper the eSIM market growth during the forecast period. This is attributed to rising technological advancement, the proliferation of M2M services, and the penetration of IoT devices. Thus, it becomes complex to secure eSIM devices from various cyber threats. These factors are expected to hamper the market growth during the forecast period.
Global eSIM Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, several industries have witnessed significant shift in their business. There has also been a significant impact on the growth of eSIM market as manufacturing operations are temporarily suspended across many countries to contain the coronavirus. There is also a shortage of 5G chipsets in the market due to disruption in production. Many manufacturing companies such as Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO and LG Display have suspended their manufacturing operations in China, India, South Korea and in European countries. For instance, in May 2020, OPPO Company shut down its operations in Noida, India as six employees tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, demand for eSIM devices has decreased due to lockdown imposed in several countries.
North America held dominant position in the global eSIM market during the forecast period
North America held dominant position in the global eSIM market in 2019, accounting for 41.2% share in terms of value, followed by Asia Pacific and Europe.
Figure 1: Global eSIM Market Share (%), By Region, 2019
North America is expected to account for the largest market share during the forecast period, owing to the presence of key players in the region such as AT&T, Thales Group, Kore wireless, Sierra Wireless. For instance, in 22 October 2020, Kore wireless, U.S. based company who provide M2M services launched eSIMPro, which is a device validation tool. The users of eSIMPro can validate their devices themselves in just 15 minutes.
Asia Pacific region is expected to exhibit highest growth during the forecast period owing to increasing population and disposable income. According to the World Bank report, the population in India reached US$ 1,341.0 million in March 2020, from 1,327.0 million in March 2019. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), China’s rural and urban per capita disposable income reached US$ 5,658.45 from US$ 2,107.2 in 2018. The growing demand for technologically advanced smartphones is also expected to drive market growth during the forecast period.
eSIM Market Report Coverage
||Market Size in 2019:
||US$ 8.3 Bn
|Historical Data for:
||2017 to 2019
||2020 to 2027
|Forecast Period 2020 to 2027 CAGR:
||2027 Value Projection:
||US$ 19.3 Bn
- North America: U.S. and Canada
- Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
- Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa: GCC Countries, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East and Africa
- By Application: Connected Cars, Laptops, M2M, Smartphones, Tablets, Wearables,
- Others (Drones, Smart Meters, Smart Grids)
- By Vertical: Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Energy & Utilities, Manufacturing
- Retail, Transportation & Logistics
Infineon Technologies AG, STMicroelectronics, Deutsche Telekom AG, Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH, Thales Group, KORE Wireless, Arm Limited, Truphone Limited, Workz Group, Sierra Wireless, NXP Semiconductors, AT&T
- Increasing demand from consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablet and others
- Increasing demand for eSIM devices from M2M applications
|Restraints & Challenges:
- Increasing security threats in eSIM devices
M2M segment is expected to drive the market growth during the forecast period
Among application, the M2M segment is expected to hold dominant position in the global eSIM market during the forecast period owing to the several advantages offered by the implementation of eSIM in mobile devices. The M2M application are increasing the demand for eSIM devices for many industries such as retail, energy, transportation, automotive and many others. This is due to growing demand for advanced technologies such as M2M applications and IoT that are boosting the integration of eSIM in various industries. For instance, in February 2018, NXP Semiconductor, Netherland based semiconductor manufacture company launched eSIM enabled devices for 5G and IoT applications. These devices provides end-to-end security in order to provide safe data protection for consumers, service providers and original equipment manufacturers.
Figure 2: Global eSIM Market Value (US$ Bn) Analysis and Forecast, 2017 - 2027
The global eSIM market was valued at US$ 8.3 Bn in 2019 and is expected to reach US$ 19.3 Bn by 2027 at a CAGR of 15.9% between 2020 and 2027.
Major players operating in the global eSIM market include Infineon Technologies AG, STMicroelectronics, Deutsche Telekom AG, Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security GmbH, Thales Group, KORE Wireless, Arm Limited, Truphone Limited, Workz Group, Sierra Wireless, NXP Semiconductors, AT&T.