LTE laptop PCs are on an upward trend with 85% of firms welcoming their implementation. (Per a VAIO Japan Survey)

Changes in data sharing has made Wi-Fi mainstream, increasing the expectation of LTE built-in laptops.

A business professional taking a laptop from their shoulder bag to work in a café, on the train, or shared desk is commonplace today, but we are about to witness the next stage of laptop PC evolution. VAIO conducted a unique survey among nearly 500 IT administrators of companies where laptops and tablet PCs were installed with mobile routers to explain this.

The results indicated that 85% of companies expressed a positive reaction to the implementation or further implementation of laptops with LTE built-in mobile routing. It may be the best sign yet that built-in Wi-Fi routing has entered mainstream use.


47% of large companies are planning to expand LTE built-in laptop implementation in the future, with an additional 22% under consideration, and another 16% showing interest. This means 85% of companies as a whole are open to the concept.


Despite the heavy use of mobile routers, the number of LTE built-in laptop users remains surprisingly high.

According to current statistics, the introduction of laptops and tablet PCs with LTE built-in has reached nearly half of the usage of mobile Wi-Fi routers.

Cost reduction/Labor-saving/Easy connection. Responses from companies benefiting from early implementation of LTE built-in PCs.

Why migrate your company to LTE built-in PCs? After others were asked about their appeal, 3 reasons became clear.

3 Reasons to choose an LTE built-in PC

  • Total cost savings per device
  • Devices are easy to manage
  • Time-saving network connection

It can also be said that implementing LTE built-in PCs has merits for both the management side (information division) and users.


Total cost of the device, ease of device management, fewer connection issues, among others, ranked high in appeal.


This is a more detailed analysis of the questionnaire results by usage. Note the answers from companies that were early adopters.

  • Total cost savings per device
  • Devices are easy to manage
  • Time-saving network connection

The advantages mentioned above are not only an expectation, but have been realized and proven as a benefit to companies who were early adopters.

For example, the difference in value between LTE mounted models and non-mounted models is about 10,000 to 20,000 yen per device. This is a cost savings compared to a mobile Wi-Fi router which retails at more than 20,000 yen.

Because it does not need a router, the number of control points are reduced, loss prevention management needs are reduced, and issues with mechanical failure and battery consumption are reduced, making overall device management easier.

Also, by being able to connect online with a single PC, installation of the connection on-site is easier, and helps reduce connection troubleshooting issues. The move to incorporate PC to PC communication is expected to accelerate due to recent work-related reforms already under way.

Are LTE built-in PCs expensive? Erasing the negative image is the key to implementation.

On the other hand, it is important to address concerns about the cost of implementing LTE built-in PCs.


However, according to companies who were early adopters, device and communication cost concerns are low, as shown in results from the following questionnaire.


Concerns over device and communication cost are lower for installed users while higher for Wi-Fi router users, and concerns about internal sharing and multi-device use are minimal.

“LTE built-in PCs seem beneficial, but are comparatively too expensive…” If this negative image can be overcome, upgrading to LTE built-in PCs can be easily achieved.

Career choices when introducing LTE built-in PCs. Choosing the optimal communication plan.

We have a final questionnaire result that takes a closer look at which career selections could be problematic when introducing LTE built-in PCs. The current high rate of interest is in domestic spot usage relative to other choices and should be noted.


Interest in domestic spot usage is higher relative to other choices.

Choosing which carrier and communication plan that best fits their business is a serious consideration for IT administrators aiming at reducing costs and improving operational efficiency.

In the new VAIO series we are exploring the range of choices for carrier and data communication plans. If you are interested in mobile PC LTE communication, please contact us for more information.

This article was translated to English and was originally published in Japan.