This means that it will be able to connect to a network operator without a physical SIM card.
The eSIM is not a new concept. It says "the initiative does not aim to replace all SIM cards in the field, but is instead created to help users connect multiple devices through the same subscription and will help mobile device manufacturers to develop a new range of smaller, lighter mobile-connected devices that are better suited for wearable technology applications". So this isn't technology that's a way off-you might be using it yourself by the middle of the year.
A few hours ago, the 3G-capable version of the Samsung Gear S2 classic has been revealed to be the first device ever to sport the new eSIM - a built-in, programmable SIM that lets you connect to the network of your choice without having to acquire a dedicated SIM card first. In an interview with the Verge, the GSMA confirmed that the new specification is a simplified version of the full eSIM, as it looks to encourage uptake among its partners.
Ian Pannell, Chief Engineer at the GSMA, told CBR that the inability to remotely provision SIMs had been one of several obstacles in launching cellular-enabled wearables. "We're putting the first specification out for companies that may want to launch products that are very simple".
Available starting in March, Samsung's timepiece is a notable milestone in the Internet of Things (IoT).
As a recap, the Gear S2 Classic is the classicly-styled smartwatch from Samsung that runs their Tizen OS.
The specification is backed by the world's largest operators including AT&T, CK Hutchison, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, EE, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Rogers, SFR, Sprint, Telefónica, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Telstra, TIM, Transatel, Verizon and Vodafone.