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February 21, 2016updated 31 Aug 2016 5:08pm

Lenovo uses cloud and big data to offer global wireless roaming service

News: Lenovo Connect allows you to stay online across 50 countries.

By CBR Staff Writer

Lenovo has recently announced, Lenovo Connect, a global roaming service which allows its users to access wireless service across 50 countries.

The service works across devices, networks and borders in China and EMEA regions.

With the technology, users don’t need to buy a SIM card and can enjoy internet services at local services by leveraging its cloud services and Big Data services.

Whenever customers travel to these countries, by using Lenovo Connect, they can access the internet at local pricing rather than international pricing.

In China, Lenovo is bringing the Connect app to select devices. These include LeMeng X3 smartphone and MIIX 700 tablet staring this month.

For EMEA markets, Lenovo is working with channel partners to bring Connect app to its ThinkPad devices. In the beginning, 45 EMEA markets will be covered. The service will be available at the end of Q1, 2016.

Lenovo Connect will be supported by customised data plans designed to support both domestic and international roaming.

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Lenovo says that it has been building its MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) capabilities which has 11 million users along with 400 million cloud service users. The Connect service can expand upon its smart connection strategy to integrate cloud services and communication channels with devices.

Lenovo, vice president and Understanding Telecom general manager, Wang Shuai said: "With the dawn of 5G and the Internet of Things, we expect to see the telecom market expand exponentially."

"Lenovo Connect and our MVNO services will help move us into the new, globally connected world by creating a seamless smart connection across networks, services and devices.

It could be handy for those people visiting foreign countries, who often end up with high phone bills, for using international roaming.

The European Parliament has already passed a resolution in October 2015 to significantly reduce roaming charges in European Union countries.

In June of 2017, roaming charges will be eliminated completely. So Europeans visiting neighbouring European countries will no longer pay any roaming charges.

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