Vedomosti: Tele2, at the request of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, suspended issuance of eSim

“Until all security issues are resolved.”

The Ministry of Telecommunications and Telecommunications has asked Tele2 to suspend the issuance of eSim “until all security issues have been resolved.” This was reported by Vedomosti with reference to a representative of the ministry and an employee of Tele2.

The Office created a working group with the participation of all telecom operators and representatives of law enforcement agencies. Within a month, the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications plans to assess the risks and possible problems when using eSim. The ministry clarified that Tele2 “is not testing classic eSim, but uses the usual user identification on the passport.”

We consulted with Tele2, the operator demonstrated that the technology works, it allows to realize all the issues of user identification and generally meets the security requirements. However, additional consultations are needed before continuing testing.representative of the Ministry of Communications

On April 29, Tele2 was the first among operators to begin using eSim technology. The next day, journalists reported that they were unable to purchase special SIM cards due to their shortage.

On April 8, MegaFon, MTS, VimpelCom (owns the Beeline brand) and a representative of the FSB spoke against the introduction of eSim technology. RBC reported that the “big three” are concerned about the possible intensification of competition and the subsequent reduction in revenue. On April 15, Vedomosti said that Rostelecom, which operates as a virtual mobile operator (MVNO), and Tele2 tested the eSim technology.

A virtual card allows you to abandon the physical analogue and switch between operators without visiting a communications salon, signing written contracts and checking passports. The technology works in 24 countries. Apple has added it to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. It is also embedded in the Google Pixel, Apple, Samsung and Huawei smart watches and Apple and Microsoft Surface tablets.

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