Wednesday 9 January 2013

Huawei launches E3131 Soft Wi-Fi datacard, E5331 MiFi

Huawei has officially launched the Huawei E3131 Soft WiFi datacard and E5331 MiFi, both of which, the company claims, are three times faster (21.6 Mbps compared to 7.2 Mbps) than any other Wi-Fi data card.

Wi-Fi datacards are small devices that allow multiple gadgets at the same time to access Internet wirelessly, thereby removing the need for several network connections, messy cables and offer a single bill. With this announcement, Huawei has introduced a series of Wi-Fi datacards – E5331 MiFi, E3131 soft WiFi and the already launched E355 Wi-Fi dongle – in the open market.

The Huawei E3131 Soft Wi-Fi data card comes with a feature of offering Wi-Fi Hotspot, a software solution for computers to share the Internet connection with other device(s) via Wi-Fi. On connecting Huawei E313 Soft Wi-Fi data card, this software solution utilises the PC’s hardware to establish it as a Wi-Fi Hotspot and share the Internet with any other 5 devices like smartphones, tablets and gaming devices, among others. There is an integrated microSD card slot, which can be expanded up to 32GB. For users, Huawei is also offering free AVG PC anti-virus software worth Rs 3000.

Victor Shanxin, President, Huawei Devices India, said, “We are excited to expand our product range in Wi-Fi data card category. The idea behind the launch of these Wi-Fi dongles is to provide ‘connectivity on the go’ to our users. The number of internet users has grown by 16% over last year and we expect the numbers to grow to up to 150 million by end of 2012. Indian SME’s and house-holds need telecom solutions that are quick & easy to deploy, offer cost-effective connectivity and fit smaller spaces while maintaining global standards. Huawei has launched these WiFi products keeping in mind the growing internet needs of multiple Indian segments.”

Commenting on the launch, Anand Narang, Marketing Director, Huawei Devices India, said “We introduced our full range of innovative and award-winning open market data cards earlier this year and we have received fantastic response from users and trade. Whether users are at home, office or travelling with their family, Wi-Fi hotspot travels with them, providing internet on-the-go continuously and allowing users to enjoy internet connectivity anytime, anywhere. We believe that Huawei’s WiFi devices will offer internet access to more number of Indians and drive both economic productivity and personal entertainment.”

The price for Huawei E3131 Soft Wi-Fi Data Card is Rs 2275, Huawei E355 Wi-Fi Dongle is Rs 3175, both of which are available in the market. The Huawei E5331 MiFi is priced at Rs 3990 and will be available beginning 2013.

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