What Prevents Apple Watch With Cellular Connectivity To Appear In Russia

Meet Russian operators and the expert. 12 September 2017, Apple introduced the third generation of “smart” watches Apple Watch. They will be available in two versions, with the ability to connect to a mobile network (GPS + Cellular) and without it (GPS), but in Russia there will be only the second.

In the Apple Watch Series 3 to connect to a mobile network instead of the usual SIM card used chip eSIM, which contains the information necessary to register a network operator. It is removable and can share one number with the SIM card installed in the iPhone. “Technology eSIM while in Russia is not supported by equipment manufacturers,” — said vc.ru the representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov.

To launch this system in Russia, we need to include initiative from Apple, Samsung and other companies producing devices with the chip eSIM, and operators will need to modify their software, he says. “eSIM involves the ability to switch between network operators without a visit to the operator. In Russia the number of the SIM card fixed in the subscription contract” — warned the head of the press service of “Beeline” Anna Imasheva. The company analyzes the possibility of using this technology, added Executive Vice President of strategy and business development of the operator Alexander Popovski.

Tele2 is considering support for the eSIM in Russia, said the press Secretary of the company Olga galushina. “Now the operator analyzes the demand for the technology among its customers and evaluates the development of providers to offer users the highest quality solution,” she said. In “the Megaphone” from commenting on the issue eSIM refused.

Close to one of the mobile operators source vc.ru noticed that for eSIM in Russia need not only a technical decision but also a legal justification. “Now eSIM is actually equivalent to SIM card cloning, which in Russia is prohibited by law,” he says.

It is supported by an employee of another operator, explaining that the Telecom companies will not be able to “bind” the clock to the Treaty which has entered the SIM card from the device. Theoretically, you can create a virtual operator, which will cooperate with several Telecom companies and will be describe in the contract eSIM module connect to the operators network, he says. In Russia eSIM can actually amount to cloning SIM cards, confirmed the General Director of analytical Agency TelecomDaily Denis Kuskov.

For the development of technology eSIM in Russia need an initiative from regulators, and then — from operators and device manufacturers, he says. “Yet, apparently, for some reason there is no vision the development of the eSIM in our country. But I think to us it will come,” said Grand.

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