Three launches mobile private network service




New offering which Three says is a UK first allows customers greater control over their information when out of the office

Three has partnered with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to start offering its wholesale partners connectivity over Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol (L2TP).

The service, which Three says is the first of its kind in the UK allows partners or a customers network to assign their own IP address to a mobile broadband dongle or tablet device.

This, Three says means users can gain access to an organisation’s own computer network without the need for a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which allows remote workers to have full use of all documents and resources hosted on a central server when out of the office.

Three director of wholesale Lynda Burton (pictured) says the new offering will allow its cutomers greater use of its 3G network.

“Not only does L2TP improve data routing efficiency for wholesale partners offering the end service, but it also significantly improves the end user experience – enabling them to seamlessly access corporate and education networks,” Burton said.

“To be the first mobile operator to do this underlines Three’s commitment to its wholesale channel and our continuing innovation when it comes to data services.”

Three’s entry into this market will now put it in direct competition with Nottingham based unified communications provider Timico who says it already offers “exactly” the same service in partnership with O2.

Timico chief technology officer Tefor Davies said:  “We agree with them (Three) that this is a very important service offering for UK businesses.  Timico has been offering its customers exactly this type of service with partner O2 for some time now.

“It makes a lot of sense in many scenarios such as places requiring rapid deployment for internet connectivity, seamless backup to ADSL and for companies wanting secure access into the corporate network, behind their own firewall.

“Using a SIM within an APN like this also makes a big difference to the throughput speeds possible over the mobile data networks – these connections don’t need to carry the packet overhead associated with standard VPN technologies such as IPSec.”