12/12/2008 12:24:00 PM
Nokia enters wireless network market for laptops
Nokia is entering the growing market for connecting laptops to wireless networks and will ship its first internet stick in early 2009.
The device, which will use a super-fast 3G technology called HSPA, will be sold mostly through operators and bundled with services.
Nokia vice president for hardware platform components, Tapio Markki, said the device maker hopes to become one of the ‘winning providers’ for HSPA. He added: ‘The market for HSPA modems is expected to grow very rapidly during the coming years.’
Strategy Analytics said it expects the global market for dongles to grow to 26 million units in 2009 from 20 million this year.
Nokia attempted to enter the market for connecting laptops to wireless networks in late 2006, when the manufacturer said it had developed an embedded 3G module for notebook computers. Intel agreed to sell as part of its next generation Centrino Duo mobile technology platform.
However, in early 2007, Nokia and Intel made a joint decision to cease co-operation on the connectivity module.