How Jio 4G laptops could revive the Indian PC market

The absorption of the subsidiaries by Reliance Industries comes close on the heels of the firm’s latest string of acquisitions in the content space

The absorption of the subsidiaries by Reliance Industries comes close on the heels of the firm’s latest string of acquisitions in the content space

After taking telecom industry by storm, Reliance Jio is gearing up for the next big release which is going to be Jio laptop, and for this Reliance Jio is in talk with American chipmaker Qualcomm. The Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has reportedly held talks with Qualcomm to launch always connected 4G laptops in India. In the latest development by the company, Reliance Jio is in talks with US-chip major Qualcomm to launch laptops running on Windows 10 OS that has a built-in hardware to accommodate cellular connections. They could take the device and bundle it with data and content, " said Miguel Nunes, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Qualcomm has already started working on "Always Connected PC" with big shots like Asus, Lenovo and HP on global basis.

Counterpoint Research further mentioned that even if operators can connect a million laptops, that is only 20% of the total sold in a year, to 4G networks by end of next year and can charge Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 per month, operators could generate monthly revenue of Rs 30 crore or close to Rs 360 crore. Qualcomm is closely associated with Reliance Jio and Retail, for its business of 4G feature phone. With always connected PCs, Reliance Jio stands to expand its service and increase its average revenue per user, which is already the highest among its peers. Reliance Jio is developing a plan to produce a laptop, which will have inbuilt SIM card slot like smartphones. Notably, Reliance Jio has been steadily expanding its user base and is now sitting on 175 million users in terms of subscribers on its network. The Internet is the backbone of nearly every computing and smart devices.

In that case, a laptop powered by a SIM card is a hugely functional device, especially because WiFi connectivity continues to be patchy in most parts of India.

Other benefits include instant boot-up, better privacy, and security through integrated mobile connectivity instead of relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots. What is being offered would be new for network providers, for OEMs and also for the users.

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