Ericsson hopes to free mobile computer users from users from dongles and wires with a new chip that allows netbook makers to build broadband connectivity into the motherboard.
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Launching the F3307 mobile broadband module today, Ericsson said it had pre-certified the unit with nearly 80 network operators. This gives netbook makers faster access to around one billion users via their HSPA networks.
Ercisson said it was also working with Intel to validate the F3307 with Intel's next-generation netbook platform, Pine Trail-M.
Ericsson estimated that more than 300 million netbooks will be sold between 2009 and 2014, with most having mobile broadband capabilities. Many operators, and even retailer Tesco, already offer mobile broadband bundled notebooks. By 2011, more than 30% of netbooks will be sold through operator channels, Ericsson predicted.