Datawind Partners RCom, TEMA; To Start Local Manufacturing

DataWind-rcom-partnershipCanada based tablet maker Datawind, famous for its Aakash and UbiSlate tablets, has joined hands with Anil Amabni led firm Reliance Communications (RCom) to offer an internet plan that will make use of data on Datawind devices almost free for the consumers.

Besides, the company also plans to set up a local manufacturing unit in the country. It has joined hands with TEMA (telecom equipment manufacturer’s association) and other industry associations, to expedite the process, a source with ample information about the development said.

Both RCom and Datawind would come up with a bundled plan on March 17 which would basically offer internet as a free service whoever buys a Datawind device, be it a smartphone or tablet, the source said.

Code named ‘Free Internet’, this initiative will be announced during an event on March 17. The Suneet Singh Tuli led firm has invited media to witness the same. The invite says ‘Datawind to partner with a leading wireless operator’ and a source has informed that it is none other than RCom.

According to the source, Datawind would launch multiple smart devices including smartphones and tablets with a pre-bundled data offer from RCom. As per the plan, the data consumed per month (a fixed amount) will be absolutely free. However, it will be free only if data consumed through certain apps and in certain categories, like education or health, and will not be free if someone downloads a movie, the source added.

Making ‘Internet Free’ has been a dream of the Canada settled entrepreneur Suneet Singh Tuli.

“Paisa per second kind of tariff plan has changed the dynamics of mobile telephony in the country, and I certainly feel, data can be accessed cheaper than that,” Tuli had told TeleAnalysis couple of months back from Canada.

“We will come back to India very soon when we could offer good quality internet access devices at much cheaper prices, for around Rs 2,000, and the Internet absolutely free,” he had added then.

Datawind is already offering free internet in Karnataka in association with BSNL.

The event on March 17 may culminate his dream. Besides the announcement with RCom and launching of some devices, Datawind is believed to make some key announcements and spell out his investment plans.

In an earlier discussion, Suneet Singh Tuli had also said that he is not ‘averse to manufacture in India’ but had declined then to give a time frame.

It could be expected that Datawind might announce its plans regarding the same during the event on next Tuesday as the media invite hints at Datawind’s Make in India’ plan.

We failed to secure a response from RCom by the time we went online.


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