Tuesday, 11 August 2009

HP partners with JCI – Japan

HP has partnered with Japan Communications (JCI) to rent wireless data spectrum, JCI in turn leases its spectrum from NTT DoCoMo.

The move will see HP take on the existing mobile broadband market in Japan. HP will now be offering laptops with pay as you go SIM cards which will use JCI’s network to provide the wireless broadband service. The laptops will come with 100 minutes of free airtime and crucially are not connected to a contract.

This development was made possible by a previous regulatory decision which forced the country’s 3 MNOs to lease spare spectrum to new entrants. JCI, based in Tokyo, signed up to NTT DoCoMo’s network and has potentially opened up the market to a flood of other tech manufacturers piloting similar offers.