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Govt allows eSIMs, hikes mobile connections limit to 18 per persons

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Mobile users will not need to buy a new SIM while changing service provider or buying a new connection, according to new guidelines issued by the to allow use of embedded SIMs (eSIM).

The eSIM will be installed in the and details of service providers can be updated in it at the time a customer buys a new connection or or wants to buy standalone service from a like data or calling etc.

"To cater the needs of modern technological developments in M2M/IoT, it has been decided to permit the use of "Embedded-(eSIM) with both single and multiple profile configurations with over the air subscription update facility, as the case may be, as per prevailing global specifications and standards," the DoT said.

The guidelines have been issued five days after and started selling Apple Watch Series 3 which has eSIM service.

Users of Apple Watch Series 3 can connect their eSIM with SIM in their mobile and use the service that are being provided on their mobile phone by Jio or Airtel on their smartwatch.

The DoT has allowed profile updation over the air to facilitate mobile number portability on eSIM and avoid locking of by a

The DoT has directed facilitating service on eSIM that it is their responsibility to meet lawful interception and monitoring requirement as well as ensure that manufacturer of the does not tamper with eSIM.

Along with guidelines for eSIM, the DoT issued instructions for SIMs that will be used for like alert sent from car to mobile over low fuel, faulty parts, car theft, of premises, smartmeters etc.

The department has earlier issued direction that all SIMs for will come with 13-digit number.

Since the number of SIMs required for will be huge, the DoT has enhanced number of connections per user to 18 which includes 9 SIMs that can be used for or for use in devices which has slot for them.

The other 9 SIMs can be purchased for

According to the guidelines, in case where M2M are required to be pre-installed in devices, it will be responsibility of device makers to complete subscriber verification.

However, it will be responsibility of the person or end user to update subscriber details if he or she transfers device to other user.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 20:10 IST