Nokia will start making HSPA modems

Nokia said it will start making HSPA dongles for laptops in early 2009, challenging Huawei, Ericsson and others in the wireless modem market.

The world's largets handset maker said its HSPA dongles will be sold mostly through carriers and bundled with services. The company has declined to name a price point.

Tapio Markki, Nokia's vice president for hardware platform components, said the company is uniquely positioned to enter into the market because of its experience developing 3G technology, and that the move represents an opportunity for Nokia to enter into a strong market. "The market for HSPA modems is expected to grow very rapidly during the coming years," he said. 

Huawei recently announced that it had shipped more than 20 million embedded mobile broadband devices worldwide, and Ericsson, along with Lenovo, announced a partnership with AT&T Mobility in October to reduce the cost of HSPA-embedded laptops.

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