Qualcomm’s Gobi global mobile Internet technology has received certification for use on AT&T’s mobile broadband network. The companies also announced certification of notebook computers from Panasonic and Hewlett-Packard.

Gobi technology gives users the freedom to connect to the Internet over wide-area wireless networks, providing fast, secure, and convenient mobile broadband access and GPS functionality virtually anywhere in the world via leading 3G wireless networks. (The operator must have a roaming agreement.)

The embedded Gobi solution includes Qualcomm’s MDM1000 chipset, associated software and application programming interfaces (APIs), and a reference design for a software-defined configurable data modem supporting High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)—with full backward compatibility to GPRS/EDGE—and other 3G wireless technologies.

AT&T BroadbandConnect delivers typical download speeds between 700 kbits/s and 1.7 Mbits/s. Typical uplink speeds range between 500 kbits/s and 1.2 Mbits/s. BroadbandConnect is available today in more than 300 major U.S. metropolitan areas. By year’s end, AT&T expects to offer the service in nearly 350 major metro areas. AT&T also provides customers access in more than 150 countries, including more than 60 countries with 3G networks.

The certified notebooks include the Panasonic Toughbook 19 and Toughbook 30. Also certified were HP’s refreshed line of notebooks featuring built-in AT&T and Gobi technology.

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