(Yicai Global) March 29 -- China Unicom, a state-owned telecom operator, will become the country's first nationwide seller of electronic SIM cards for wearable devices.
China Unicom will start trialing its eSIM across the country, Tencent Holding's news outlet reported, citing the Beijing-based firm that held a related launch ceremony today. Earlier this month, the company obtained a permit from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China to expand its service nationwide.
An electronic SIM card is embedded in the device and it is expected that these kinds of chips can be used for connected cars and industrial machines in the future.
Before the launch, China Unicom piloted eSIM cards in seven cities, including Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenzhen, and the number of users has reached 200,000. The firm cooperated with more than 10 partners in order to support more than 20 devices, including Huawei Watch, Apple Watch, as well as tablets and smart speakers.
Editor: Emmi Laine