Network operator EE has announced a partnership with mobile management specialist MobileIron to offer enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities to small and medium business customers as part of its standard corporate plans.
EE said it is the first network operator to offer MobileIron Cloud in the UK, available immediately. With the offering, it is the only UK operator to provide business-grade security across all mobile operating systems in its corporate plans as standard, EE claimed.
MobileIron Cloud is a hosted service designed to enable organisations to manage mobile apps, content, and the devices they run on. It supports both iOS and Android, with Windows Phone 8 support on the way, according to MobileIron.
The tool enables businesses to configure and selectively manage mobile apps, content and devices, automatically enforce usage policies, and retire mobile devices if they get lost or stolen, or when an employee leaves the company.
A key part of the MobileIron Cloud is its wizard-driven self-enrolment process that makes it easier for workers to register their devices with the service and get connected, according to EE.
"MobileIron Cloud is an important step in removing the complexity associated with securing business data across multiple device types and operating systems. With this latest development, MobileIron has made it even simpler for employees to enrol and secure mobile devices for themselves," said Gerry McQuade, chief marketing officer for business at EE.
MobileIron Cloud is included as part of EE's Super Secure 4GEE portfolio, which the firm announced back in March. The portfolio covers business customers of all sizes, but the MobileIron Cloud offering specifically targets SMBs, which may otherwise lack the resources to deploy a mobile management capability.
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