Three Wholesale has launched a cloud-based, machine-to-machine (M2M) platform that significantly reduces setup time and costs for MVNOs looking to capitalise on the fast growing M2M and embedded connectivity market.
The Ericsson-based platform will enable MVNOs targeting M2M devices to go live on the Three network within just two weeks, significantly faster than competing platforms.
The platform gives Three Wholesale partners full control of their connections through their own branded portal. Functionality includes the ability for partners to activate and deactivate their own connections, track data usage, set alerts and apply data caps.
The move is part of Three Wholesale’s push into the connected devices market, estimated to be worth £82 billion globally, according to research by IDC. Ericsson suggests that there will be 50 billion connected devices in the world by 2020.
A number of partners are lined up to launch via the platform before the end of 2012 using the Three network to deliver high-speed connectivity for markets ranging from remote CCTV cameras to automatic number plate recognition systems.
Lynda Burton, Director of Three Wholesale, said: “Three’s network is built for the internet, so we’re in a perfect position to support data-rich MVNO applications. This platform opens up the power of our network to our M2M partners’ innovation. We will add new partners over the coming weeks to our strong portfolio of existing relationships and expect this business to grow as more MVNOs take advantage of the capability of our network and platform.”
Ericsson’s President for West & Central Europe, Anders Runevad, added: “This partnership with Three is the first of its kind in the UK and gives Three a dedicated infrastructure to expand services enabled by M2M capability. This takes us closer to the Ericsson vision of a Networked Society where more than 50 billion devices will be connected globally by 2020.”
Three is a communications company focused on bringing the benefits of the internet to mobile. We offer attractive pricing, all-you-can eat data packages, market-leading devices and a network built for data. Combined, this gives our customers the widest choice of ways to stay connected to the mobile internet.
Our high speed, DC-HSDPA network already covers 80% of the UK population and we will be adding LTE 4G services to the network later this year. HSPA+ technology, covers 98% of the UK population. We will add 4G to our network from December 2013, with 50 cities covered by the end of 2014 and 98% of the population covered by 4G by the end of 2015.
Today, we have over 13,400 sites in our network and plan to add another 5,000 by 2015 to bring improved mobile internet capacity to more people in more places than ever.
Three UK is a member of the HWL group of companies, with investments in mobile operations in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Macau, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Vietnam.
To find out how we intelligently manage data traffic on our network, please visit www.three.co.uk/trafficsense
For more information on our new Pay-As-You-Go tariff, please visit: http://www.three.co.uk/Store/Pay_As_You_Go_Price_Plans