ZTE is to launch a high-speed USB dongle designed to provide near-instant access to the internet as the company looks to expand its appeal in the mobile worker market.
The MF190 incorporates ZTE's CWID technology, which connects to high-speed HSPA networks to provide download speeds of up to 7.2Mbit/s.
The dongle can be managed using a web interface which also provides access to messaging and contact lists. Operators will be able to customise the web interface to provide specific promotions and services.
The dongle is driver-free, which means that customers will be able to plug-and-play with all major operating systems and not have to worry about using connection management software, the firm said.
ZTE will launch the MF190 at the end of August, but prices are yet to be confirmed. Operators are expected to rebrand and sell the dongle, so prices could vary.
Three has already launched a dongle that provides 3G laptop connections of up to 21Mbit/s, and which can be upgraded to HSPA+, so ZTE will have some work to do to catch up..
ZTE is also shaping up to become a major player in the smartphone market. Gartner said recently that the Chinese manufacturer has overtaken RIM to become the fifth biggest mobile manufacturer.
ZTE shipped 13 million units in the second quarter of 2011, outselling RIM by around 500,000 units, and will launch an assault on the UK smartphone market in the coming months.
The company signed a deal with distributor Brightpoint last month which will see branded handsets on the high street and at online stores. ZTE aims to sell 80 million devices worldwide before the year is out, up from 60 million last year.
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