MVNO SIM range - How can an MVNO get SIMs?
To become a successful MVNO, you need to consider various issues about SIM cards and get all the requirements needed for a profitable MVNO business.
Full MVNOs own the Core Network and use the RAN part of an MNO. It is mandatory for them to have a SIM range and own the IMSI codes of subscribers.
Read all about the MVNO SIM card and the things you need to know in order to get your MVNO SIM range.
What is a SIM card?
Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card is an integrated circuit that connects the user equipment or mobile station to the mobile network. The SIM card stores various information about the authentication keys and certificates. The HSS/HLR uses all that information to manage the subscriber’s identity.
SIM cards have memory storage facilities for several fields such as Service Provider Name (SPN) and the ICCID, IMSI and MSISDN. Bought SIMs already have default settings that can later be modified using OTA messages (Over-the-Air).
Full MVNOs require an agreement with a SIM card provider for the functionalities, applets and for the MVNO IMSI range to be integrated into the cards. In order to change the SIM card settings, an MVNO can use OTA technology (Over-the-Air messages). You can check YateOTA – it provides the functions required to manage SIM files and applets.
This is important because the MVNO business relies mostly on the special prices offered to the subscribers. The MVNO SIM range has to provide the technical requirements to ensure the possibility of those prices as a part of the business model.
SIM cards have developed gradually, along with advances in technology. The development of SIM cards can be broken down into four groups and each of them could work as MVNO SIM range.
How to get MVNO SIM cards?
What kind of technical requests should MVNO SIM have?
Types of applets an MVNO could install on a SIM
Yate-based solution equipment for MVNO SIM card
MiniCore - Core network for tests and research
The MiniCore is a small factor PC computer that can be used as a test LTE/GSM Core Network. It has installed the MSC/VLR, GMSC, MME/SGW/SGSN, PGW/GGSN, IMS CSCF software components. The MiniCore can also work as an AuC, HLR, HSS for Subscriber management.