Mobile operator Three has selected Cisco Jasper to jump start its Internet of Things offering across its entire footprint.

The CK Hutchison-owned business’s enterprise customers will be able to launch IoT services via the vendor’s connectivity management platform, Control Center, “from mid-2017”.

Companies will be able to access Control Center locally through Three Group’s national networks, while global customers can access it through Hue, the operator’s mobile enabling services division.

Hue launched two years ago promising to help MVNOs get off the ground.

Three claimed there was “significant demand” for its new IoT offering.

It said connected cars, transportation and logistics, and building security and automation were verticals of particular interest to its customers.

The operator has operations across three continents, including Austria, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Sweden and the UK in Europe.

It also has opcos in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

In Europe, revenues in local currencies grew five percent last year, although on a reported basis they fell one percent to HK$62.4 billion.

Hue Chief Executive Jarrod Nink said: “Through our global footprint of high-speed mobile networks built for mobile data, and Cisco Jasper’s powerful platform, our customers will enjoy an edge in the IoT market for years to come.

“This partnership will put Three at the heart of the global IoT marketplace and offers huge potential to our enterprise customers.”

[Read more: Connectivity revenues to generate just 14% of addressable IoT market]

At this year’s Mobile World Congress Cisco's Head of IoT Strategy, Macario Namie, told European Communications that it was adding 1.5 million devices a month to its platform.

In total, 9,000 businesses are using it in partnership with around 50 operators.

VimpelCom, now VEON, signed up to use Cisco Jasper’s platform last year.

Namie said it was very early days when it came to working out what IoT business models will work.

“Think how many machines there are compared to people – we’re at 1996 levels [if you compare it to] mobile phone connectivity,” he said.

“The IoT is not a box that can be ticked to say ‘I’ve done IoT’,” he added.

“It’s a completely profound shift of how companies run their businesses of which technology is one piece.”

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