Analysts see cellular-connected laptops as the next big ARPU device for operators beyond smartphones.
Image: Mobilesyrup.com NEW DELHI: A laptop with a SIM card - after smartphones and the 4G feature phone - could be the next big bet for Reliance Jio in its bid to increase its average revenue per user (ARPU).
Reliance Jio is now in talks with chip-maker Qualcomm to launch laptops with cellular connectivity that will be powered by Windows 10. Reliance Jio is said to be in talks with chipset maker Qualcomm to launch laptops running on Windows 10 and with inbuilt cellular connectivity. Reliance Jio's next Sensation: Reliance Jio is all set for one more sensation: a laptop with a SIM Card. Smartron confirmed the talks. Qualcomm is already working with other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Asus, Lenovo and HP to launch always-connected PCs and Snapdragon 845 powered devices have also been launched in the USA by HP and Asus.
Mukesh Ambani-led Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio launched the JioPhone previous year.
As many as 14 major operators have extended support for this, including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in the USA, and others in the UK, Germany, Australia, France and Italy. It now sources these devices from various Chinese original device markets (ODMs). "They could take the device and bundle it with data and content". As per counterpoint data, total laptops sold every year in India is close to 5 million and a lot of them connect to either enterprise, home or public wi-fi hotspots. A global research firm named Counterpoint Research specialists in technology and mobile products, said that nearly 5 million laptops are sold in India every year and laptops with cellular connectivity could be the next big hit in India and for ARPU.
Qualcomm's Nunes said, "We are trying to make sure that the operators understand the value". This kind of connection will be more secure than the conventional hotspot connections. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".