Iran’s second mobile operator MTN Irancell has started providing services to devices that accommodate eSIM, a technology that allows smoother communication through removing the physical SIM cards from mobile phones.
Irancell CEO Bijan Abbasi said in a post on his Instgram page on Sunday that the operator had rolled out its eSIM service as part of a pilot scheme earlier in the day.
ESIM technology allows subscribers to use multiple operators on their device without any need to insert SIM cards that are used for identification. It enables consumers to compare wireless networks and easily select a new service when desired.
Abbasi said the new service would allow Irancell to become a frontrunner in providing the internet of things (IoT) technology in Iran.
Irancell, which has issued nearly 40 million pre-paid SIM cards in Iran over the past decade, announced in 2017 that it was planning to roll out eSIM, saying it would be critical to IoT and machine to machine (M2M) services.
The operator is now moving neck and neck with first operator MCI in offering commercial fifth generation (5G) internet services in Iran.
MCI on Sunday announced it had launched a first outdoor 5G site in Tehran. The operator had unveiled two such sites in the second largest city of Mashhad earlier this week days after Irancell launched its first commercial 5G service in the capital.