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