Gemalto, a specialist in digital security, has announced what it says is the industry's first 5G SIM which meets operator requirements for the new generation of network deployments that will emerge in 2019.

Compliant with the latest ETSI 3GPP specifications and SIMalliance recommendations, the 5G SIM is defined by Germalto as the only solution capable of securing 5G network access.

This 5G SIM is designed to offer not only improved data privacy and seamless 5G global roaming imposed by the latest standards, but according to Gemalto, is also the first to add enhanced protection against hacking to anticipate future requirements.

By 2024, 5G network coverage is expected to reach 40% of the global population, and will account for 1.5 billion subscriptions. Leveraging the benefits of 5G, key use cases of the new SIM are set to include enhanced mobile broadband, massive IoT applications, and critical communication infrastructures.

The Gemalto 5G SIM will be available in all SIM form factors (removable SIM, M2M SIM, eSIM), during the first half of 2019. Key benefits of the new 5G SIM include full anonymisation of end-to-end subscriber identities thanks to onboard identity encryption; it eliminates the potential to misuse such information to locate and trace individuals, or collect personal data, and ensures mobile operators comply with regulations such as GDPR. In addition, trusted environment resilience will help operators secure the entire SIM lifecycle, eliminating exposure to hacking attacks and accidental breaches.