Three Wholesale unveils cloud-based M2M platform


Operator claims it will enable MVNOs to gain faster access to its network compared to any other competing platforms 

Three Wholesale has launched a cloud-based M2M platform that it claims will reduce setup time and costs for MVNOs looking to capitalise on the embedded connectivity market.

The platform, provided by Ericsson, will enable MVNOs targeting M2M devices to go live on the Three network within two weeks, which Three said is significantly faster than competing platforms.

Three Wholesale partners will have full control of their connections through their own branded portal. They will be able to activate and deactivate their own connections, track data usage, set alerts and apply data caps.

The operator said a number of partners are lined up to launch the platform before the end of the year using the Three network to deliver high-speed connectivity for markets ranging from remote CCTV cameras to automatic number plate recognition systems.

The move is part of Three Wholesale’s push into the connected devices market, estimated to be worth £82 billion globally, according to research firm IDC. Ericsson has also said there will be 50 billion connected devices globally by 2020.

Three Wholesale director Lynda Burton said: “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 the business to grow as more MVNOs take advantage of the capability of our network and platform.

Ericsson western and central Europe president Anders Runevad said: “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.”