ETSI Selects Apple’s New 4FF Nano-SIM Standard

Posted Jun 1, 2012

Apple ‘s nano-SIM card design has been officially accepted. Apple’s proposal for the new 4FF nano-SIM standard beats separate proposals from RIM, Motorola, Nokia, etc. RIM and Motorola’s nano-SIM card design uses the same dimensions as Apple. The design was accepted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). The ETSI said that an agreement was made for the UICC at the Smart Card Platform Technical Committee meeting in Osaka, Japan.

The fourth form factor (4FF) card will be 40% smaller than current SIM cards measuring 12.3mm wide, 8.8mm high, and 0.67mm thick. The final design is being developed in a way that it ensures backwards compatibility with the existing SIM card designs and offer the same functionality as the cards being used today.

The ETSI said:

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 will be published in due course in ETSI?s TS 102 221 specification, freely available like all ETSI standards from the ETSI website.