Kapil Sibal, the Telecom Minister of India announced on February 18, 2014 that the new low-cost Aakash 4 tablet will be launched in the country in March 2014 or April 2014. The minister also informed that the new device will be priced at Rs. 3,999.
Sibal said, “Aakash 4 will be available in the market in one or one and a half months. It’s a modern tablet and will be available for around Rs 3,999”. In addition to that, the minister announced that the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals has floated the tenders for the upcoming device. Features of the Aakash device include a 7-inch scratch resistant capacitive screen, as well as 4 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with an external memory up to 32 GB.
The device also has a front camera and the connectivity features include Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity. Sibal came up with the idea of Aakash tablets when he was the HRD minister. The minister intended to offer low-cost computing device at subsidized rate to students, so that they can have access to Internet for educational purposes. Sibal went on to say that the government will also propose the merger of the state-run BSNL and MTNL telecom companies.
The merger of the telecom giant is part of the plan of DoT for the revival of the public sector telecom units.
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