Indian Cellular Association (ICA) has criticized Datawind’s Aakash tablet for using outdated technology and inadequate specifications. ICA is the apex body of the mobile industry in India; comprising of Brand Owners, Technology Providers, Manufacturers, National Distributors etc.
Aakash tablet has been taking the brunt of such criticisms for last few weeks after the first consumers got their hands on the tablet. Despite being a cheap tablet, Aakash has not been dubbed as even value for money product by reviewers across the country.
ICA has sent an official letter to Ministry of Human Resources and Development suggesting that large/global mobile industry players should be involved in such a product. If Indian government wants ownership/Intellectual Property rights to be in Indian hands, then appropriate partners can be found from big Indian mobile cos, stated ICA.
Replying to these charges, Datawind CEO has dared ICA members to participate in open tender and manufacturer the tablet at this price.
“The cheapest tablets made by ICA members are not less than Rs 15,000. Why did they not compete in the tender floated by IIT Rajasthan? They are most welcome to participate in the forthcoming tenders. Their tablet products don’t serve 97 per cent of the Indian mass market. Ten months after the project was signed, they are now finding fault.”
- Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind
Well this is just the start, we are expecting more such episodes and these will continue unless Datawind’s next version of this tablet, which is coming with better specs, works decently and is worth the money.
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