A number of manufacturers, network operators, and software suppliers are announcing products and services for the growing Qualcomm Gobi community this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. Leading laptop vendors and several network operators—including T-Mobile International, Telfonica, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone—have either completed certifications or are expected to this month, according to Qualcomm. Others are expected to follow throughout the year.
The embedded Gobi global mobile Internet solution enables laptop computers and sub-notebooks to deliver global high-speed connectivity to users via both EV-DO and WCDMA/UMTS 3G cellular networks. With a Gobi-powered laptop, enterprise users will benefit from the worldwide high-speed data capabilities of cellular broadband networks. Meanwhile, IT managers can streamline their operations by leveraging a single hardware and software solution for all their nationwide and global branch office locations.
“Even companies who didn’t formerly consider themselves to have a global footprint are increasingly finding that having a mobile workforce is a necessity to staying competitive,” said Carrie MacGillivray, senior research analyst at IDC. “Wi-Fi hotspots lack ubiquitous coverage for the mobile worker and make it difficult for many organizations to keep employees connected while traveling. Multi-mode cellular data access embedded in laptops offers increased flexibility and efficiency for mobile workers.”