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The latest Chinese “Super SIM” cards are poised to serve as multifunctional tools, encompassing digital yuan wallets, smartcards, and ID cards, as China continues its pilot program for the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).
Chinese mobile operators, including China Mobile, have been actively developing these “Super SIM” offerings since 2016, progressively enhancing their capabilities over the years. The newest generation of SIM cards introduces advanced authentication and security features alongside the inclusion of CBDC “hard” wallets.
According to reports from China’s IT-Times, prominent Chinese mobile providers have equipped their latest “Super SIM cards” with an array of innovative functionalities. These upgraded cards will soon enable students, including middle and high school children, to access offline digital yuan payment options.
In many Chinese educational institutions, students are required to use smart ID cards to check in at school entrances and check out when leaving. With the introduction of the new Super SIMs, students will have the convenience of utilizing their ID cards or mobile devices for payments in school canteens and cafeterias.
These versatile Super SIMs can be manually integrated into existing ID cards or utilized in mobile phones, where they not only serve typical mobile functions but also double as digital ID cards and CBDC wallets.
Notably, some Chinese university students already have the capability to use their ID cards for on-campus transactions using the e-CNY. These cards grant access to various campus facilities, including libraries and lecture theaters.
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These Super SIM cards leverage near-field communication (NFC) technology, akin to the offline smart cards and wearable digital wallets introduced by Chinese banks. The distribution of thousands of commemorative digital yuan hard wallets is currently in progress as China prepares to showcase its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) at the Asia Games.
The central People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has unveiled a solution that enables Android phone users to utilize SIM cards as robust CBDC wallets. This innovation has prompted Chinese telecom operators to heighten their engagement in the CBDC pilot by aligning their Super SIM initiatives with the PBoC’s digital yuan app.
According to the insights of consulting giant EY, SIM-based solutions for CBDC adoption will simplify the process for specific demographics, such as the elderly and children, to embrace digital currency.
In essence, the advancement of Super SIM cards marks a significant stride in seamlessly integrating digital yuan payments into various facets of daily life, enhancing convenience and accessibility for the Chinese populace in their financial transactions.