US operator AT&T is to sell connectivity from Three to its business customers in the UK, while TIM and Huawei revealed plans to launch an IoT-focused lab in Italy.

The former deal covers wireless voice, data and SMS services, with AT&T hoping to leverage increasing demand from American enterprises for IoT-based services.

The US carrier cited the likes of fleet management, asset tracking as well as consumer IoT solutions that businesses would be able to launch more easily as a result of the deal.

John V Slamecka, President of EMEA at AT&T, said: “We’re seeing a growing demand for IoT solutions from global businesses in Europe.

“AT&T is now able to deliver IoT with a simplified process in the UK.

“It’s part of our strategy to remove complexity and offer seamless IoT solutions to our customers around the world.”

Financial details of the tie-up were not disclosed.

Lynda Burton, Director, Three Wholesale, said: “Our collaboration will rapidly address the forecast 155 million IoT connections in the UK using the Three network that has consistently proven it can deliver a high quality, fast and reliable data experience.”

Last year, Three UK signed up to use Cisco Jasper’s connectivity management platform as it looks to deliver IoT services to its enterprise clients.

Meanwhile, TIM and Huawei unveiled plans to launch a centre in Italy that will test and develop IoT solutions for enterprises.

The two companies said the centre would look at developing services for verticals including energy and agriculture.

Thomas Miao, CEO, Huawei Italy said: “IoT deployment is a major challenge as industries go digital.

“To respond to this challenge Huawei and TIM cooperate to developing the most innovative solutions and to enable a wide ecosystem which will make the Italian cities smarter, enterprises more efficient and citizens’ lives better.”

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