PC industry has missed demand for HSDPA, says survey

The hardware industry has underestimated global demand for laptops equipped with HSDPA connectivity, according to a global survey.

The survey, backed by the GSM Association (GSMA), and Microsoft, suggests consumers are willing to buy for 70 million notebooks PCs with mobile broadband connectivity - way above the industry forecast of 23.5 million.

Pyramid Research, who conducted the study, says the market is worth some $50 billion in 2008 are willing to buy 70 million notebooks with built-in wireless in the $500-$1000 price range.

'With the right form factor, price and "˜out-of-the-box' connectivity, the research has unearthed substantial demand for mobile broadband-embedded notebooks that is not yet being met,' said GSMA chief Rob Conway.

The survey of more than 12,000 consumers was carried out in 13 countries.