Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Reliance Jio to tie up with Qualcomm for 4G laptops in India

Reliance Jio to tie up with Qualcomm for 4G laptops in India

Reliance is also reportedly in touch with domestic manufacturer Smartron to produce Snapdragon 835-running laptops with cellular connectivity. Qualcomm is already working with the company on the 4G feature phone launched by Jio a year ago. 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. Notably, Reliance Jio has been steadily expanding its user base and is now sitting on 175 million users in terms of subscribers on its network. The report cites Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies who confirmed talks between chip maker and Reliance Jio were held.

The Reliance Jio 4G laptop is expected to be price tagged with between INR 35,000 and INR 40,000. Reliance Jio evidently wants to make its presence felt among operators beyond smartphones.

The laptop is Jio's next big move to capture the Indian market and increase its average revenue per user (ARPU). The Internet is the backbone of nearly every computing and smart devices.

Imagine a laptop, embedded with a SIM card, a Jio 4G one, and you can Internet accessibility everywhere you go. This has been an age-old problem for the telecom providers in India. With JioPhone, Reliance Jio wants those people to get on to the 4G bandwagon who can not afford buying even the entry-level smartphones. As per counterpoint data, total laptops sold every year in India is close to 5 million and majority connect to either enterprise, home or public wi-fi hotspots. This kind of connection will be more secure than the conventional hotspot connections. The Qualcomm laptops will apparently be bundled with Jio 4G connections. That would pave the way for the SIM card to be inserted and a smartphone cum laptop can be made available to the users. "It's new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel".

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