CDG Press Releases
SHIPMENTS OF CDMA2000 1xEV-DO MODEMS EMBEDDED IN PORTABLE COMPUTERS FOR WIDE AREA CONNECTIVITY IS EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS
Broadband Performance and Ubiquitous Coverage Enables Unsurpassed Mobile Connectivity for Enterprises
CTIA WIRELESS IT & ENTERTAINMENT—LOS ANGELES—Sept. 13, 2006 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) (www.cdg.org) today announced that shipments of laptops with embedded CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO high-speed modems have exceeded expectations. 1xEV-DO is the first wireless wide area network (WWAN) technology to be embedded into a PC notebook, and is now shipped by more laptop manufacturers and in more models than any other technology. There are currently six leading notebook manufacturers: Dell, HP, Itronix, Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba that offer PCs with 1xEV-DO embedded in them.
“Wireless local area network (WLAN) hubs and routers have limited users to comparatively limited access areas,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “As wireless broadband proliferates, customers need to connect seamlessly and over great distances. Connection via WWAN signals provides the coverage area that users expect, and 1xEV-DO delivers the broadband performance they demand. Once consumers experience the freedom of 1xEV-DO, they won’t settle for anything less.”
In particular, enterprise customers are taking advantage of the freedom to connect wherever there is a 1xEV-DO radio signal, an area of coverage that overwhelmingly exceeds that of Wi-Fi or any other radio access technology. 1xEV-DO’s capacity for broadband performance and suitability for ubiquitous coverage makes it ideal for satisfying the demanding needs of today’s enterprises and road-warriors.
The CDG cites the following advantages as underlying factors for embedded 1xEV-DO’s rapid uptake:
“Dell is leading the industry in supporting communication solutions that are mature, in demand, and can deliver increased value and productivity to our customers on an affordable basis,” Kirk Neibert, mobile broadband marketing manager, Dell. “By embedding 1xEV-DO in our notebooks, we offer our mobility customers benefits in the areas of sales force automation, remote technical assistance, and training.”
“Lenovo builds notebook PCs that are known for improving user productivity and simplifying connectivity,” said Howard DuLany, wireless marketing manager, Lenovo. Adding to our unique management tools and industry-leading security technologies Lenovo's wide-area broadband based on 1xEV-DO technology will help our customers stay connected in more places and with a more consistent user experience.”
“Our research shows that 84% of survey respondents from Fortune 100 companies said they were interested or very interested in laptops with embedded high-speed modems,” said Iain Gillott, founder and president of iGR . “We also found that the estimated total cost of ownership (TCO) for the embedded CDMA EV-DO model was 14 percent lower than that of the EV-DO PC card model. Embedded EV-DO addresses the needs of IT managers and mobile professionals who need wide area broadband access.”
More information on CDMA2000 is available at www.cdg.org.
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