Telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the launch of embedded SIM (eSIM), a digital SIM that enables customers to access same functionality as someone using a physical SIM.
The eSIM offers several benefits over the traditional SIM cards as it is quick and simple to set up online, it is planet-friendly (plastic- free/zero carbon emission), and provides an easy extra line as you can use two numbers without needing two phones/handsets.
The eSIM service is now immediately available on the Airtel network and customers who wish to switch their current physical SIM cards for eSIMs will need to ensure they have a compatible device (dial*#06#), obtain the required QR code and be guided through a SIM Swap process by an Airtel service personnel.
Airtel says it has developed a simple and flawless process to activate the eSIM service for all its customers just as it believes that the digital SIM will significantly improve the productivity of Nigerians, helping its stakeholders to achieve personal and professional goals.
Commenting on the eSIM, Ag. Chief Commercial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Femi Oshinlaja, said: “Airtel Nigeria is always at the forefront in championing technological advancement and creating innovative platforms and opportunities that will make life better, more exciting, and more enjoyable for all those in our stakeholder value chain. With eSIM, we are not only bringing the latest technology to the fingertips of our customers, but we are also focusing on our Sustainability goals of digital inclusion and environmental best practices as no plastic is involved with eSIM.
“It is therefore our commitment to continue to create offerings that will expand and deepen our digital footprints in line with our positioning as the network of first choice in Nigeria for everything mobile Internet, digital and home broadband.”
eSIMs allow devices to seamlessly switch between network operators much more easily, which explains why some operators were less than enthusiastic about supporting something that makes it easier for customers to switch providers.
It will be recalled that eBusinessLife recently published a report by Juniper Research forecasting that eSIM global market will increase from $4.7 billion in 2023 to $16.3 billion by 2027, quoting Fierce Wireless report.