Recently, British manufacturer DataWind announced that it had completed the supply of one lakh units of its Aakash tablet to IIT Bombay, for Rs. 2,263 a piece. On May 3, 2013, the company said that it was all set to provide the next version of its tablet, which will be roughly priced at Rs. 2,500 per piece.
Suneet Singh Tuli, the CEO of Datawind said, “As per my information, the committee on Aakash tablets is looking to higher version of the device at Rs 2,500 a piece and we are ready to match the price on order for every 10 lakh units”. Tuli was also asked about the delay in the supply of the Aakash tablets under the previous tender, to which he said that the company had delivered the tablets more than a month in advance.
The CEO added that the deadline to finish the supplies of the tablet was June 6, 2013, under the tender clause. However, they managed to supply them by May 1, 2013, due to which they have complied with the norms. The company has recommended higher specifications for the next generation tablets, which will also include a SIM slot so that users can also make calls.
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