3UK has made its first move into the M2M market following an agreement to work with MVNO Stream Communications. The full service MVNO said that it currently offers a number of M2M and telemetry services which could be launched on the 3UK network.
Stream, which has launched a dedicated M2M MVNO with 3UK, said that the service could be used in many applications, such as advertising displays, or information boards in train stations or bus shelters, as long as the device was able to incorporate a SIM card into its design.
Tom Gardner, 3UK's development manager for the M2M market, said that the operator selected Stream to take the 3UK network and tailor it to the M2M market's needs with M2M specific services such as fixed IP addressing, aggregated tariffs and dedicated APNs all managed from Stream's online SIM management tool Oasys.
"Stream is our first M2M partner," said Gardner. "This is an area of the market we are looking to expand in rapidly, as we have the right network to offer business partners a reliable, fast and future-proof service. This is aptly demonstrated in the way we have grown our wholesale partnerships three-fold during the past 12 months."
Only last week, KPN confirmed it had acquired a stake in M2M service platform provider Jasper Wireless. The deal will see KPN becoming the preferred network operator for Jasper's businesses in Europe, and exclusive operator in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
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