Novatel’s Desktop 3G Marvel


Ovation Front White.jpgForget wireline, when you can get 3G wireless. Novatel Wireless has just launched a series of new products that use 3G wireless as their primary pipe for voice and data connections. Novatel, more known for their wireless cards calls this offering, Ovation. These products hook to the Internet at about 384 kilobits per second and are good enough for VoIP calls. The San Diego company is targeting European markets where DSL and Cable are hard to get. Primary buyers are SOHO and small businesses. Folks like Vodafone are going to love a product like this. In US, there are some others who have developed these kind of products.


August Jackson

3G carriers are only going to love this product insofar as their network capacity models have allowed for the possibility of the volume of traffic this will move across their network.

Odds are on Vodafone, 3, O2 or anyone else who may or may not offer an unlimited 3G data plan are going to either put an explicit prohibition or cap on the amount of data you can use in a billing cycle unless they’ve anticipated a product like this in their plans.

The market for 3G as a broadband alternative is also likely a relatively small one. From what I have seen European carriers have done a better job in rolling out DSL to exchanges which serve smaller markets than carriers in the United States.

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