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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Intel and GSMA Collaborated to Bring 3G into Every PC
Intel and the GSMA has sign a deal on Tuesday and will be publishing guidelines for laptop manufacturers to encourage them to integrate modems capable of picking up various networks, including 3G, HSDPA or EDGE, in their products.

Craig Conway, CEO of the GSMA, said: "This is important because it means the PC has gone mobile. We see this in the most positive way," adding that mobile operators can expect to see new revenue streams as a result of the union.

Few Laptop Manufactures like Dell also put interest on 3G, they recently announced a deal with Vodafone to offer HSDPA modems as an optional add-on for its laptops, while Lenovo also announced its intention to include super 3G in its hardware. Several phone makers including BenQ and Samsung have debuted HSDPA enabled phones, though most European countries have yet to see HSDPA networks launched.

However, analysts remain skeptical that embedded 3G will be the best option for road warriors. A recent research note from analyst house Gartner said: "We recommend buying laptops and mobile connectivity separately. Certain applications will continue to require handheld devices with integrated 3G connectivity. But for most businesses, add-on cards are a better investment and provide much more flexibility than integrated systems.

posted by Forsaken Angel @ 2/15/2006 03:17:00 AM  
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