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3.1 billion SIM cards shipped in 2008

Thursday 23 April 2009

SIMalliance members are: Datang, Eastcompeace, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, Oberthur Card Systems, Prism, Sagem Orga, SanDisk, Watchdata and Wuhan Tianyu. The association represents 90% of the SIM card shipments. So it evaluates the global SIM card shipments at 3.1 billion for 2008, vs. 2.7 billion in 2007. Growth of SIM shipments came mainly from emerging economies:


Also, the power of the SIM grew in 2008. On average, memory size increased by 11% on 2007 figures, while the number of cards shipped with a SIMalliance-supported S@T browser had a growth rate of 22%.

3G enabled SIM cards represented 14% of total shipments in 2008, again with extensive variations cross regions: Western Europe accounts for 50% of 3G enabled SIM card shipments, North America and Middle East and Africa accounting for 14% each.

SIMalliance also identified over 50 NFC trials worldwide, all of them demonstrating strong adoption and positive customer feedback about convenience. Key focuses of the NFC trials were payment and automatic fare collection. But together, all NFC trials together led to the delivery of around 0.001 million NFC enabled SIM cards.

SIMalliance identified over 60 mobile TV trials worldwide, leading to the delivery of 1.7 million mobile TV enabled SIMs.