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Three UK Upgraded M2M Platform for MVNOs

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Hutchison 3G UK (Three) says that it has launched a cloud based, machine to machine (M2M) platform that reduces setup time and costs for MVNOs looking to capitalise on the 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, which the company said was 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. 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 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."

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