Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

China Unicom and Valid partner on IoT LTE connectivity

Steve Rogerson
February 20, 2019

China Unicom and eSIM provider Valid have partnered to deliver LTE connectivity enablement to IoT users in China. This commercial partnership should make LTE connectivity and subscription management easier for IoT device makers.
The companies will explain how this will work during next week’s Mobile World Congress Barcelona.
The partnership leverages Valid's IoT connectivity platform with China Unicom's eSIM platform, both of which use GSMA-compliant subscription management. The companies have tested and demonstrated a compliant subscription management swap procedure in China between their respective systems. This was achieved in an interoperable multi-vendor environment.
"We are pleased to partner with Valid in this important industry initiative," said Chen Feng Wei, deputy general manager from Unicom Vsens. “The integration of eSIM platforms paves the way for accelerated innovation across the China Unicom network. Through this commercial partnership, we are enabling a truly unique experience and technology that drives seamless connectivity."
Valid has more than 60 years of experience in the market and a portfolio of security-based technology for the financial and banking markets, as well as mobile, identification, data management, IoT, and track and trace. It has more than 6000 employees and a presence in 16 countries.
"It is a real pleasure for Valid to partner with China Unicom," said Carlos Affonso D'Aburquerque, CEO of Valid. “Together, we have achieved a major industry milestone proving once again the leadership and industry expertise of the involved parties. The integration between China Unicom unique service platform, Valid eUICC and subscription management technology, and best-in-class China Unicom LTE network will enable IoT OEMs, device makers and service providers to embrace a seamless connectivity experience in China.”