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Microsoft's eSIM-Based Always Connected PCs May Unlock Untapped Segment Growth

Published: 06 July 2017

ID: G00334776

Analyst(s): Tracy Tsai , King-Yew Foong, Lillian Tay


Microsoft, with Intel and Qualcomm, revealed further progress of its Always Connected PC program during Computex Taipei 2017. Technology product marketing leaders at PC vendors must understand new developments in Always Connected PCs and plan to exploit growth opportunities in untapped markets.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Requirements for ubiquitous connectivity coupled with flexible data plans will accelerate PC replacements for eSIM-based Always Connected PCs in mature markets
  • Always Connected PCs will improve user demand for PCs in emerging markets where there is a lack of fixed broadband access, if the service is flexible and affordable
  • EMM tools' support for eSIM-based Always Connected PCs will facilitate enterprise adoption
  • Introducing cellular data services for Always Connected PCs can bring new service revenues to PC vendors beyond hardware sales

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