Apple Nano SIM Design Gets ETSI Nod

June 2, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The nano SIM concept proposal made by Apple has been approved by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

The design chosen by ETSI matches the one we have seen on Apple’s blueprint, and so we can confirm the news.

For those who are unaware of the nano SIM, it is a SIM design which is 40% smaller than today’s micro-SIM. The latter is that kind of SIM we find in iPhones. The nano-SIM design, we are discussing here is of 12.3mm tall, 8.8mm wide, and 0.67mm thick.

Reduction in the size of the SIM brings in more space within the handset, hence creating more scope for including extra chips or even extended batteries.

Also, chances are there for the handset itself to shrink in size, with even slimmer form factors. We also heard that these new nano-SIM cards will be “backwards compatible with existing SIM card designs.”

ETSI says that the new design will offer the same functionality as all current SIM cards.

It also further mentioned that the new form factor was adopted by industry with the involvement of major mobile network operators, smart card suppliers and mobile device manufacturers.

The new design of nano SIM will be published in due course in ETSI’s TS 102 221 specification.

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