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Kigen continues to blaze a new trail towards crucial security for cellular IoT scale

Kigen announces over 2 billion SIMs enabled and leading chipset, module and MVNOs have adopted Kigen eSIM and iSIM solutions for IoT security.
Over 2 billion SIMs enabled by Kigen ecosystem

News highlights

  • With a vibrant customer base, world-leading security expertise and a new structure, Kigen can enable any business to reap the benefits of a secure IoT deployment
  • With more than 2 billion SIMs enabled to date, Kigen offers advanced eSIM and iSIM technology to simplify how connected devices and their data flows are secured
  • Alif Semiconductor, KORE, Qualcomm Technologies and Sequans Communications have adopted Kigen’s eSIM and iSIM solutions

Kigen, the security leader for cellular IoT, has enabled 2 billion SIMs in IoT devices and has new state-of-the-art eSIM and integrated SIM (iSIM) deployments with leading chipset providers, module vendors and network operators. Kigen a previously wholly-owned subsidiary of Arm, will focus on addressing device-maker demand for greater choice in affordable security for trusted IoT devices.

Kigen, after incubating within Arm, has a well-established ecosystem with mature partners and has now added several new customers, including Alif Semiconductor, KORE, Qualcomm Technologies and Sequans Communications.

“If we are to accelerate global IoT innovation, security and trust for connected devices can never be an afterthought. By making iSIM the future foundation for trust in the IoT, Kigen, together with our partners, are offering all device-makers greater freedom in how they manufacture secure devices and deliver the services that matter most to their customers.”

Vincent Korstanje, Chief Executive Officer, Kigen.

According to GSMA Intelligence, 65% [1] of enterprises have deployed IoT solutions as part of a broad digital transformation strategy. Doing this requires companies to treat IoT deployments as core to their business. That often means extending the lifespan of deployed devices such as smart meters. By using Kigen technology to virtualize SIMs on-chip, companies can create efficiencies and performance gains in how their IoT devices are produced, auto-provisioned and managed in the real-world.

These gains will reduce the time it takes to deliver new IoT products, allowing companies to deploy advanced IoT solutions faster and more reliably. As well as reducing deployment complexity, Kigen’s standards-based eSIM and iSIM technology enables greater interoperability based on a secure foundation.

Kigen’s iSIM solution, which makes the SIM an integral part of the processor in chip fabrication, is kinder to the planet too; offering 70% lower power consumption than a traditional physical SIM. This opens up new ways to deliver power-efficient data processing for 5G and global LPWAN networks, and more room to add advanced compute such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Democratizing the IoT

Through its secure SIM operating system (OS), data generation and professional services, Kigen is driving:

  • A standardized path to secure products for device-makers: Hardware and device makers can leverage Kigen’s SIM OS for chipsets and modules, diversifying manufacturing and leveraging interoperable chip-to-cloud solutions.
  • Highly flexible eSIM services for SIM vendors and connectivity providers: To balance the power, total cost of ownership and defence-in-depth requirements, Kigen’s range of eSIM OS, Remote SIM provisioning (RSP) solutions and data generation services provide the flexibility fast-moving SIM manufacturers and IoT Service Providers require.
  • Ultimate security with iSIM for power-efficient IoT: Kigen’s iSIM OS extends the same small code-size and power efficiency advantages from most constrained to the efficient edge; critical to meeting the requirements of fast scaling IoT markets.

Kigen has invested significantly in standardization and GSMA accreditation during its three years of incubation within Arm. Orange has recently proven the use of Kigen’s GSMA IoT SAFE [2] applet that simplifies how IoT Service Providers can establish strong trust between devices and clouds such as Orange’s LiveObjects, Microsoft Azure IoT [3] or AWS IoT [4].

Read more about Kigen’s vision in this blog by Vincent Korstanje, CEO of Kigen.


About Kigen

At Kigen, we are making the future of secure connectivity simple. Together with our partners and customers, we are unlocking new opportunities as (integrated) eSIM becomes the cornerstone of connected devices security. Our remote SIM provisioning and eSIM services drive this momentum, further placing us amongst the top 5 SIM vendors globally. All 150 employees globally are guided by the vision of a world where every device can connect securely and reliably. For more information, go to or speak to us on @Kigen_Ltd on Twitter and LinkedIn about #futureofSIM.

Supporting quotes from partners and customers

Alif Semiconductor

“To support the transformative applications that embedded AI and ML will enable for smart city infrastructure, healthcare and IoT endpoints, the devices powering those applications need to be built from ground up with high functional integration, deep security and ubiquitous cellular connectivity. Kigen’s iSIM is a key enabler to deliver power-efficient edge computing solutions that scale across constrained to computing-intensive applications.”

Reza Kazerounian, President and Co-Founder, Alif Semiconductor


“5G will drive a massive expansion in the number of things connected, heralding a new generation of billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. We have worked with Kigen to develop standards for eSIM and iSIM security capabilities. These standards will ensure “root of trust” end-to-end IoT reliability, in the same way that we have come to expect from the SIM for over 25 years.”

Alex Sinclair, GSMA’s Chief Technology Officer


“As the world’s leading independent IoT connectivity provider, KORE is leveraging the Kigen RSP multi-tenant platform to provide greater flexibility and maximize the lifecycle of cellular IoT deployments in areas such as smart metering and industrial monitoring. Kigen’s flexible and highly configurable approach allows us to rapidly offer solutions that adapt to customer needs.”

Romil Bahl, President and CEO, KORE

Qualcomm Technologies [5]

“Qualcomm Technologies supports the concept of integrated SIM as a means to reduce the cellular device cost in a manner that satisfies the security requirements of the cellular network owner. We have been collaborating with Kigen to enable the Kigen iSIM OS to leverage the low power and integrated security advantages of our widely adopted Qualcomm® 9205 LTE Modem.” [6]

Asaf Shen, Senior Director, Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies

Sequans Communications

“In partnership with Kigen, Sequans is bringing a standards-based iSIM solution into its next generation of ultra-low power Monarch 2 LPWAN chipsets and modules. Sequans is offering the first fully EAL5+ compliant cellular solution in the market today that meets GSMA requirements. Sequans and Kigen have set up a global supply chain for secure manufacturing that is suited to serve fast-growth markets with high demands on privacy, security, low power, and long battery life such as e-health, smart metering, smart tags and asset tracking.”

Georges Karam, CEO, Sequans Communications

Softbank Group International

“Softbank Group International is a firm believer that the accelerated digital shifts businesses are experiencing as a result of the pandemic need strong security foundations. Kigen’s mission to embed security at the origin of all connected devices stands to benefit the entire industry. We are pleased to support Kigen’s highly experienced leadership and team in building on this success.”

Michel Combes, President at SoftBank Group International

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[1] GSMA Intelligence ‘IoT revenue: state of the market 2020’, August 2020

[2] IoT SAFE is SIM Applet For secure End-to-end communication

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