The GSM Association and Intel are to jointly promote the bundling of 3G and higher-speed HSDPA wireless data technology into laptops.
The organisations announced the initiative at this week’s 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. They will publish guidelines for laptop manufacturers intending to integrate modems that can allow users to connect to 3G, HSDPA or EDGE wireless networks.
The GSM Association is hoping that the possibility of wireless data connectivity from a laptop to a mobile operator network will become as ubiquitous as Intel Centrino-enabled laptops being able to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
The GSM Association said the joint Intel initiative will lead to new revenue streams for mobile operators as users take advantage of forthcoming 3G and HSDPA-enabled laptops.
Currently, users have to insert a separate 3G card into their laptop to connect to a mobile network. Both Dell and Lenovo however, have already announced that they will soon bring out laptops with integrated HSDPA connectivity chips.