What is a Device Entitlement Server and How It Works?

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More and more new cellular-connected devices are created every day. An increasing number of operators are looking for an effective and efficient way to manage these new connections and their related settings.

Android Entitlement Server

No Device Configuration:

The IP Multimedia Services (IMS) standards and deployments lacked automated over-the-air (OTA) functions for a long time. Without OTA configuration, mobile device hardware cannot use an operator’s IMS services. This includes Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Video over LTE (ViLTE), Voice over Wi-Fi, and Rich Communication Services (RCS).

The missing OTA configuration is the root of other problems too. The firmware of the devices is hard-coded with the right IMS settings into devices. This made it necessary to have lengthy co-operations between the device manufacturers and network service providers. 

Network configuration and testing have also mandatorily been tuned up to support mobile devices. Whenever handset operating systems or firmware needs to be updated, networks always need to be reconfigured and re-tested.

What is an Entitlement Server?

A Device Entitlement Server (DES) such as an Android Entitlement Server is a network functionality that combines a device and subscriber authentication functionality with an OTA configuration for service settings. An entitlement server simplifies the management of complex entitlement policies, which includes strengthening security and compliance, improving IT efficiency and enhancing business agility.

Benefits of an Entitlement Server:

1. Android and Apple devices are growing exponentially around the world. There is a wide range of mobile devices that use both operating systems today and an entitlement server helps capitalise on them efficiently and effectively.

2. With an Android entitlement server, operators will have better and far greater means than ever before to expand businesses into new emerging markets, such as the wearables, and smart consumer electronics.

3. Entitlement servers also help increase ARPU with existing users who have subscriptions for multiple connected devices.

3. It also helps to improve customer loyalty by using new value-added services and improves the customer experience quality 

How Enterprises are Using Entitlement Servers and eSIM today:

Over 60 countries are now offering eSIM technology and entitlement server platform services. Here is how large enterprises and organisations are using entitlement servers:

1. Configuring IMS services on Apple iPhone: iOS has a proprietary framework to manage service entitlements, which includes a carrier bundle with the entitlement server details automatically deployed at regular intervals. The entitlement process starts when a subscriber swaps the SIM card or switches on the phone. The iPhone automatically registers itself on the IMS system and contacts DES for the latest configurations. If everything is fine, the user can start using the phone.

2. Configure Apple Watch: An entitlement platform can be used to connect an Apple Watch to use IMS services via iPhone by pairing through Bluetooth. When the subscriber pairs their iPhone and Watch, iPhone initiates a Watch sign-up via the DES. If the watch is permitted to use IMS services, further information is taken from the subscriber, and the DES requests the SM-DP+ server for an eSIM profile. After that, the Watch is ready to use.

3. Configure IMS on Android phones with GSMA RCC.14/15 support: GSMA provides standardised specifications to provision IMS services on mobile devices over-the-air (OTA). When the subscriber swaps the SIM card or turns on the device, the phone automatically registers on the IMS network and connects to the DES for relevant IMS configurations. DES then provides the device with the updated settings.

To learn more about an Android Entitlement Server and eSIM technology, visit Workz Group.

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