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Ericsson has struck a deal with Toshiba to provide mobile broadband modules for the Japanese company's range of business laptops.

The modules will work with the High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) mobile broadband technology now deployed in 198 commercial networks in 86 countries around the world.

In announcing the move, Ericsson highlighted the view of market analysts who foresee that laptops will remain the main productivity tool of business worldwide.

Mats Norin, Ericsson's vice president mobile broadband modules, commented: "With the integration of our Mobile Broadband Module into Toshiba's business laptops we are supporting Toshiba's vision of offering real mobile broadband connectivity to business users."

According to Ericsson, the modules, which allow download speeds of up to 7.2Mb and upload speeds of up to 2.0Mb, come with a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver which can be used with relevant applications.

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