Three has launched a new cloud-based machine to machine platform, which it said is aimed at MVNOs looking to take advantage of the machine to machine (M2M) and embedded connectivity market.
The operator said the Ericsson-based platform will allow MVNOs to go live within two weeks. Earlier this year, Three signed a deal with Dell to provide the manufacturer with mobile broadband services.
Three is targeting the connected devices market, which it said is estimated to be worth £82bn annually. It said three partners will launch on the platform by the end of this year. Among the markets that will be targeted are remote CCTV cameras and automatic number plate recognition systems.
Lynda Burton, director of Three Wholesale, said: 'Three's network is build 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 week 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.'
Meanwhile, Three announced its customer base grew by more than 1.04m customers during past year, with 301,000 joining during the most recent trading quarter. The operator is aiming to have 10 million customers by 2015.
It added that it was rolling out the deployment of its dual-carrier HSPA network, which will cover more than half of the UK's population by the end of this year. Currently, 39% of the UK's population has access to Three's 'Ultrafast' network, focusing on 50 of the UK's biggest towns.
Three said customers who are using DC-HSPA enabled devices, which include the iPhone 5, Sony Xperia T and Windows Phone 8X by HTC are reporting peak speeds of more than 20MBps.
Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK, said: 'We have led the adoption of smartphones in the UK by giving our customers great coverage, fast speeds and compelling price plans. These network improvements are designed to maintain our position as the fastest growing UK mobile operator.
'Our Ultrafast network is giving more people in more places access to an even faster mobile internet experience. But mobile internet is about more than just technology. All-you-can-eat data at prices to suit everyone and peace of mind bundles that guarantee no surprise data bills are designed to allow customers to get the most enjoyment from their smartphones.'
Three said the forthcoming transfer of 1800MHz spectrum from EE, which must be completed by September 2013, will effectively double its capacity.
Editor: Graeme Neill