Olive Telecom today announced the launch of the world’s first multi-mode, multi-band modem that can latch on to any network currently deployed globally. The modem was launched in Russia with Skylink earlier this week and is expected to be introduced in India early next year. Running on Qualcomm’s MDM6600 chipset, it supports frequency ranges from 450MHz to 2100 MHz and supports GSM / GPRS / EDGE, CDMA,HSDPA,HSPA (up to 14.4 Mbps) and EV-DO (up to 14.7 Mbps).
It is only a matter of time before such solutions are embedded in notebooks, netbooks, Internet Tablets and other “non-telecom” hardware to enable users to stay connected irrespective of the country or the carrier. We are today hearing rumors that the iPad 2 will come in three flavours – UMTS, EVDO and Wi-Fi only. Probably, Apple could have launched just two versions – a UMTS+EVDO+Wi-Fi and a Wi-Fi only.
Hopefully, the year 2011 will see more ‘global’ products than we have ever seen before, enabling companies to produce just one version that can be launched in any country. Yup, many carriers (especially the American carriers) often like to dictate custom industrial designs apart from other software-related terms, I’m sure that we will make the first steps towards globally connected devices.