Roll out of Japanese WiMAX Notebook PCs

June 8, 2009 · Filed Under Editor's Corner 

With shipment of mini notebook/ Netbook to increase in Pacific region in 2009 which has been growing since 2008 due mainly to falling price of mobile broadband services and increase coverage of third generation mobile technology, introduction of WiMAX services a viable wireless technology couldn’t have come at a better time. It all started with announcement of WiMAX wireless data services by UQ Communication today which states collaboration between UQ Communications Inc. and Intel in promoting and expanding “UQ WiMAX,” the commercially available WiMAX service from UQ Communications in Japan scheduled to be released on July 1st 2009. The new service with a flat fee structure will cost the user 4,480 yen per month. UQ Communication shareholders are KDDI CORPORATION, Intel Capital Corporation, East Japan Railway Company, KYOCERA Corporation, Daiwa Securities Group Inc., The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.
The day followed with array of announcements by PC maker such Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba as well as Onkyo Sotec. At the same time ISPs such as NEC Biglobe made announcement to become the MVNO for WiMAX services using UQ Communication infrastructure clarifying the WiMAX newly developed value chain. The list of companies that will join this band wagon will go on and on with such names as Yamada Denki and Bic Camera two giant consumer electronic equipment distributor and retailer in Japan selling WiMAX technology as of July 1st, 2009.

From the equipment side Sony unveiled its newly embedded WiMAX Vaio type Z and P to be released into Japanese market sometimes by this summer.

Panasonic followed it up with its own announcement of Note F8 WiMAX , Panasonic first Notebook with an embedded WiMAX module based on Intel Core2 DUO processor at 2.53 GHz.

Toshiba announcement is a follow up on their earlier announcement on May 14th this year which the company unveiled dynabook SS RX2 series. The dynabook SS RX2/WAJ was the world’s first PC integrating 512GB SSD (Solid State Drive). The new dynabook with embedded WiMAX module has exactly the same specification as SS RX2/WAJ with product number PARX2WAJ LD10MAW3. The new dynabook features both capabilities of WiMAX as well as WiFi Link.

Onkyo Sotec also unveiled its own Sotec C204A5 NetBook with embedded WiMAX module as well as WiFi. The Sotec C204A5 is equipped with ATOM N270 CPU and Intel 945GSE Express. By the way,availability on all these PCs will be as of July of this year coinciding with the introduction of WiMAX services. I hope all this would be a good news for consumers in Japan who have been waiting for such a long time for a reasonable price and high speed wireless data services. Lets keep our finger crossed.

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