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FSB allowed to sell eSIM with switching between operators

The SIM card itself must choose a network by signal quality and price.

Easy4 virtual operator (Sonet LLC) received FSB permission to sell communications services using eSIM technology, managing director of Easy4 group of companies Sergey Malyshkin told Vedomosti.

Easy4’s eSIM will work in the networks of several operators, the card itself must choose a network for the best signal quality and pricedepending on the country or location of the subscriber. You can register eSim in two ways: through the Easy4 application integrated with State Services, using an electronic signature, or through the EasyID application that scans your face and passport.

Easy4 must enter into contracts with several operators, while the company only announced a contract with Tele2. Beeline reported that they did not connect Easy4 to their networks. Vedomosti, citing sources, writes that the operator was able to agree with National Telecom and Megafon on cooperation in national roaming: eSim owners will be able to use their communication services in limited areas in case of emergency.

MegaFon tested eSIM in 2016, but Law on Communications equated technology with cloning a SIM card. In the spring of 2019, Tele2 conducted an experiment with eSIM, but it was suspended at the request of the Ministry of Communications.

In September 2019 The Ministry of Communications allowed Tele2 to continue the experiment on issuing eSim, since the operator decided on security issues. According to the Deputy Minister of Communications Oleg Ivanov, up to 15 thousand subscribers should participate in the experiment.

The eSim module is built into a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch and replaces a regular SIM card. In 2018, Apple added technology to iPhones, but in Russia it was not supported due to a legislative ban.

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