No, but the evolution of eSIM and 5G functionality is linked. The average retail price of an eSIM smartphone is €800, reflecting the fact that 40% of them are also 5G capable. However, Apple and Google have both recently launched sub-€500 eSIM phones – that’s important because half of operators see the €500 price tag as the tipping point for mass 5G smartphone adoption. 5G is seen as a key driver for smartphone upgrades over the coming years, opening the way for faster eSIM penetration. The next generation of 5G devices also needs to maximise space for antennae and batteries, making getting rid of traditional SIM trays a priority. This is likely to accelerate the launch of more eSIM-only smartphones in future too.
eSIMGo plans to offer 5G solutions in 2022.