Jio to introduce laptops featuring SIM Cards

The Hush Post: Indian telecom giant Reliance Jio is in talks with US chip major Qualcomm to roll out laptops which will have SIM cards in them.

This is being seen as the next big bet by Jio in its bid to increase its average revenue per user in India.

The Mukesh Ambani led company is mulling on bringing out laptops running on the Windows 10 Operating System with in-built cellular systems.

“We have talked to Jio. They could take the device and bundle it with data and content,” said Miguel Nunes, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Qualcomm is already working with companies like HP, Asus and Lenovo to push forward its “Always Connected PCs”.

Nunes also confirmed that there are a total of 14 operators across the world that have shown interest in this new category, including the US’ Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and major carriers in Germany, Italy, the UK, France, and Australia.

The Research Director, devices & ecosystems at Counterpoint Research, Neil Shah said “cellular-connected laptops could be the next big ARPU device for operators beyond smartphones.”

Since nearly 5 million laptops are sold in the country every year, the potential for introducing such technology is huge.

“So if these productivity-centric devices are connected to cellular networks, it will boost the value proposition, driving growth for this segment: first, by providing ubiquitous connectivity on the go and, second, in terms of privacy and security as the cellular connectivity is highly secure compared to WiFi hotspots,” Shah further said.

If operators can manage to connect just about 20 per cent of these laptops (that’s nearly 1 million laptops) to 4G and charge between Rs 300 to Rs 1000, then the revenue generated could touch Rs 30 crores per month, and could reach Rs 360 crores by the end of the year.

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