To expand its empire, the Mukesh Ambani-led 4G only Reliance Jio planning to introduce always-connected laptops in the Indian market. The company has held talks with American chipmaker Qualcomm to launch a laptop running on the Windows 10 operating system with built-in connectivity (Always Connected PCs’) For the Indian market. This is the company’s next big bet to increase its average revenue per user (ARPU).
Last year during Hawaii event, the chipmaker presented detailed plans for the Snapdragon 835 powered laptops with cellular connectivity for the always-on and always-connected experience.
According to the Economic Times, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Miguel Nunes said that “…we have talked to Jio. They could take the device and bundle it with data and content.
Globally, Qualcomm already confirmed that it working with HP, Asus and Lenovo to launch so-called “Always Connected PCs”. The chipmaker said that it already 14 operators have extended their support to launch so-called “Always Connected PCs” including, US’ Verizon, Sprint and AT&T And also other major carriers UK, Australia, Germany, France and Italy.
According to Counterpoint report, Almost 5 million laptops are sold every year in India and most of them utilising Wi-Fi from either home or enterprise or public WiFi spots, as mentioned in a report by the Economic Times. The research director, devices & ecosystems at Counterpoint Research, Neil Shah said laptops with cellular connectivity could be the next big thing for ARPU for operators beyond smartphones.
According to the Counterpoint, if operators can connect a million laptops with built-in connectivity (Always Connected PCs’), that is only 20% of total sold in a year. The 4G network services provider can charge Rs 300 (US$5) to Rs 1000 (US$15) per month, by end of next year. The service provider could generate monthly revenue close to Rs 30 crore or $5 million or close to Rs 360 crore minimum per year or it could touch Rs 1000 crore maximum a year from these users.
Qualcomm’s Nunes said, “We are trying to make sure that the operators understand the value. It’s new for the OEMs, new for the operators, and new for the channel.”