Three has launched a Cisco Jasper-based IoT service across its footprint, as the vendor announced its platform would now support NB-IoT connectivity.

The operator's enterprise customers in 12 mobile markets can now launch and manage IoT services using cellular connectivity.

The announcement, made at Mobile World Congress, comes nearly a year after Three and Cisco first signed an agreement to embed the latter's IoT management platform.

Three cited smart energy, connected cars, smart cities and smart buildings as areas of particular demand.

Susan Buttsworth, CEO of Three International Opportunities Development (3IOD), said: “Global scalability is critical for the success of any company’s IoT services business.

“No matter where you are located, you need an IoT provider and platform that can scale to meet your business’ demands.

"Our global footprint, combined with the Cisco Jasper global IoT platform, will enable enterprises around the world to launch and grow worldwide IoT service businesses.”

The CK Hutchinson-owned business joins 57 operator groups using the service, including Telefónica, Tele2, TIM, KPN and Telenor who use the vendor's platform.

Cisco also announced that the platform now supports devices connected through NB-IoT alongside traditional cellular connectivity standards such as 2G, 3G and 4G.

China Unicom is the first operator to take advantage of the new functionality.

Robb Henshaw, Head of Global Communications at Cisco Jasper’s IoT Cloud Business Unit, told European Communications that deals with telcos in Australia and Singapore would follow soon.

In Singapore, Singtel is already a customer of Cisco Jasper, while in Australia, Telstra and local Singtel opco Optus are both customers.

Kalle Ward, Managing Director EMEAR, at Cisco IoT, said: “Businesses across every industry are in the midst of transforming into service businesses, and a truly global automated IoT connectivity platform is critical to that transformation.

“Cisco IoT currently enables over 15,000 businesses to deliver their IoT services worldwide, and together with the Three Group’s powerful mobile networks and multinational footprint, Cisco IoT can continue to help companies scale their IoT services globally.”

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