3 Strikes M2M Deal with aql

Mobile operator 3 UK has appointed mobile messaging and communication company aql to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity via the companys high-speed mobile data network. The agreement will see aql re-selling access to the 3 UK network for the growing number of connected devices, such as digital signage and traffic lights, which can be accessed, monitored and updated using a high-speed mobile Internet connection.   
M2M connections require a reliable data standard such as 3G, with a long lifespan, in order to provide connectivity on an ongoing basis. In addition to this, an increasing number of devices such as surveillance cameras, lone-worker safety devices and in-vehicle diagnostics also come with 3G capabilities embedded.       
aql will work closely with 3 UK, aiming to bring 10 data partners on board each quarter.  aql will also provide all integration and configuration outside of the 3 UK network, reducing ongoing management risk and cost. 
The two companies are also working closely with leading manufacturers to offer a range of SIM solutions with a greater lifespan and heat tolerance, as well as technology which allows for easier embedding of SIMs during the manufacturing process. 
As our network continues to grow, we are looking for ways to capitalise on this ever-expanding footprint, says David York, MVNO Account Manager at 3 UK. The significant investment we are making in the network means that by the end of 2010, we will have a dedicated high-speed data network with nearly 98.5% outdoor coverage.
Such a broad and fast data network provides a good opportunity for companies with connected devices. 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.