The nano-SIM drama continues, as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) issued a statement today saying that it is delaying its decision over what technology will be adopted as the new nano-SIM standard.
“The committee decided to delay any vote on the subject in interest of trying to achieve a broad industry consensus, which is in keeping with the preferred decision making process at ETSI,” the group said in a statement regarding the postponement of its decision until the end of May. The ETSI’s statement can be found in its entirety on the ETSI website.
The fact that the ETSI is holding off on making a decision on selecting the new nano-SIM card technology isn’t too surprising: it comes on the heels of Research In Motion (RIM) claiming that Apple, with whom it is competing to get its nano-SIM design chosen by the ETSI, has been resorting to dirty tactics to skew voting results on the new technology. Apple apparently had three of its employees register as representatives from Bell Mobility, KT Corp., and SK Telekom and cast proxy votes in favor of Apple’s nano-SIM technology becoming the industry standard.
The ETSI’s decision over which technology will become the industry standard has been an ongoing saga, with RIM, Motorola, Nokia, and Apple competing to have their designs chosen. Recently, Apple offered up their standard free of royalties in the event that it is chosen, under the stipulation that other companies offer “the same terms in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.”