European mobile operators to connect 50 million laptops with 3G

European mobile operators to connect 50 million laptops with 3G

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According to data gathered by Research and Markets, European mobile operators are planning to link 50 million laptop users to the Internet via high-speed 3G.

Laptop shipments all over the world are currently spiraling upwards. In Europe, notebooks have already surpassed personal computers in most markets. From 2005 to 2009, it is estimated that notebook PCs in Europe will increase by 140% to about 118 million units. Analysts claim that it is this growth in notebook PC sales that reflects the demand for mobility.

To answer this increasing call for mobility, mobile operators are seeking to upgrade their 3G networks with high-speed HSDPA technology, which will enable peak data speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps by the end of 2006 for just about the same costs of a typical DSL service with similar capabilities. The one main advantage? Unlike DSL and cable services, which are only available at fixed spots, mobile broadband solutions allow people to access the Internet anywhere.

According to Research and Markets, European mobile operators see HSDPA technology as the way to go. 3, O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile are just some of the operators expected to launch HSDPA on several European markets beginning the first quarter of 2006. In fact, T-Mobile is already ahead of the pack, having shipped HSDPA-ready PC data cards already in the end of 2005.

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