In an online press release today the Swedish mobile company Ericsson announced their plans to supply HSPA/GPS modules for new Dell laptops, starting Q2 2008.
HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) is the world’s most widespread form of 3G broadband, capable of providing download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbit/s (in theory) and up to 7.2 Mbit/s in already existing deployments; according to Ericsson’s data, there are 185 commercial networks around the world using this standard.
The built-in HSPA modules will allow the owners of Dell laptops to enjoy seamless roaming while traveling through a region covered by one of these, as well as use the GPS and the positioning software.
Dell laptops will have HSPA&GPS modules from Ericsson built in them starting with the second quarter of this year:
The pricing details are not yet released.
This is not the first time that Ericsson strikes such a deal, having signed the first contract for their mobile broadband modules with Lenovo back in February. Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops now come with integrated mobile broadband and GPS.
Ericsson estimates that by 2011, approximately 200 million laptops will be sold each year, and half of them will have HSPA broadband modules integrated.
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