is targeting the machine to machine (m2m) market, forging a deal with aql, a mobile
messaging and communication specialist, to provide m2m connections via the
operator’s 3G network.
The deal will see aql re-selling access to the 3 UK network for connected
3 is hoping to tap into the growing market for connected
devices such as surveillance cameras, lone-worker safety devices and in-vehicle
Under the deal, aql will aim to deliver 40 data partners
in the first 12 months. Aql will also
provide all integration and configuration outside of the 3 UK network.
The two companies are also working with manufacturers to develop
Sims with a greater lifespan and heat tolerance, as well as technology to allow
easier embedding of Sims during the manufacturing process.
David York, 3’s MVNO account manager, said: ‘As our network
continues to grow we are looking for ways to capitalise on this ever-expanding
He added: ‘We are working with aql because we believe they
can help us expand our reach into this space and bring the benefits of our
network to a variety of connected devices in the most effective manner.’
Aql’s MD, Dr Adam Beaumont, said, ‘Our job is to provide the
building blocks for value-added partners to go to market with and we see m2m as
an expanding marketplace. 3 UK’s ongoing
network expansion makes them a valuable partner for us because m2m
access requires a fast and reliable data connection.’