BANGALORE, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), maker of
Aakash and Ubislate tablets, and a leading provider of wireless web
access products and services in India, today announced a retail
partnership with UniverCell, the largest electronics retail player in
Southern India, to market the Company's UbiSlate tablets. The Company
also announced that it will provide with the purchase of its UbiSlate
7Cz and UbiSlate 3G7 tablet PCs, 12 months of bundled unlimited
internet browsing* with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. ("BSNL"), the network
provider with the largest geographic reach in Southern India.
Until now, DataWind products were primarily available to the customer
through ecommerce and direct to consumer channels, such as TV
home-shopping. The Company will now offer its entire product range of
UbiSlate Tablet PCs and PocketSurfer Smartphones available
off-the-shelf at UniverCell's more than 450 retail outlets spread
across southern India. UniverCell has ordered more than 20,000 units
at this initial stage of the relationship.
Moving a step closer to its mission of bridging the digital divide for
the digitally disenfranchised, DataWind has struck a partnership with
BSNL to provide bundled internet access on the Company's UbiSlate
DataWind's breakthrough web delivery platform, offered on the UbiSurfer
browser delivers a fast web experience on even congested or rural 2.5G
mobile networks. Covered by over 18 U.S. and international patents,
the Company's proprietary acceleration technology reduces bandwidth
consumption by 20 times on average for basic internet browsing, while
delivering a faster and more broadly accessible internet access.
Speaking on the occasion Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO DataWind said, "We are delighted to find great strength in UniverCell as our
retail partners and we view this association as a first significant
step towards making our products available across the country. This
relationship significantly expands our distribution by adding a
significant player from the retail channel to support our tablet
"Association with BSNL for bundled internet service to our customers is
a major breakthrough. We're happy to see that our partner in
connectivity - BSNL, shares our aspiration of ubiquitous connectivity
for all. With affordable technology and free internet, we are now one
step closer in our quest of bridging the digital divide. This unique
partnership validates our technology and belief in low cost internet
connectivity sans barriers," said Tuli.
Present on the occasion, Mr Sathish Babu, Founder and Managing Director
of UniverCell Telecommunications said, "Tablet has been a focus area
for us. The DataWind proposition of affordable tablets bundled with
data is sure to be a super hit. UniverCell is happy to partner with
Datawind in making India, especially children, smarter. Backed by our
expansive store network and value added services like easy payment
options meant for the middle class, techspert service - where we
provide post purchase set up support to the customer, we are confident
of breaking all records and reaching new milestones in tablet sales."
Mr. S.B. Shenoy, Deputy General Manager of BSNL, said, "We're mandated
with bringing the internet to the far reaches of this country.
DataWind's technology and UniverCell's retail reach will help bring
internet penetration to the next stage. We are pleased to partner with
DataWind who have created the category of 'low cost tablets' in India.
In fact it would be our endeavor to provide internet services
uninterrupted to all the users."
Shenoy also highlighted some key elements which are central to this
alliance and which will help the business interest of BSNL to expand
its 3G customer base & Promote BSNL services .
DataWind is a leader in low-cost Internet connectivity for emerging
markets. DataWind's mission is to bring the Internet, which has the
ability to create tremendous social and economic benefits, to billions
of unconnected people in the developing world. The Company's Internet
Delivery Platform offers a low-cost Internet browsing solution by
bundling an affordable tablet device with an inexpensive, pre-paid, 2G
Internet service plan.
About UniverCell Telecommunications
UniverCell is the first mobile retail store that marked the organized
mobile retailing sector in India. The first outlet was founded in 1997
by Mr. D.SathishBabu after he studied the behaviour of mobile phone
consumers who found it difficult to access the entire range of products
available to them. UniverCell was formed with an aim to enrich the
customer by understanding his needs and recommending comprehensive
mobility solutions. The organization's vision is to be 'The Most
Admired Retailer' for customers, employees and partners. UniverCell
provides consumers with an ambience that allows them to make
intelligent and informed shopping decisions in a store that provides
great comfort and a high degree of service. Over the years it has
transformed into one of the leading retailing organizations in Tamil
Nadu and has its sights on replicating its success pan India. There are
more than 450 UniverCell outlets across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh,
Karnataka, Kerala, Telengana and Maharashtra. UniverCell showcases
mobile phones, tablets and mobile phone accessories from among the best
and leading brands in the world and also runs an operator products
division that provides data cards, data plans and phone recharge
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. was incorporated on Year 2000. It is one of
the largest & leading public sector units providing comprehensive range
of telecom services in India.
BSNL has installed Quality Telecom Network in the country & now focusing
on improving it, expanding the network, introducing new telecom
services with ICT applications not only in towns but also in remote
villages & winning customer's confidence. BSNL is the only service
provider, making focused efforts & planned initiatives to bridge the
rural-urban digital divide in ICT sector. BSNL serves its customers
with a wide bouquet of telecom services namely Wireline, CDMA mobile,
GSM 2G/3G mobile, Broadband, Carrier service, MPLS-VPN, VSAT, VoIP, IN
Services, FTTH. BSNL has started moving towards NGN platform in big
way. To facilitate high speed broadband in remote villages we are
carrying out prestigious NOFN (National Optical Fibre Network) project
of Government of India. In wireless data segment BSNL has registered
Triple digit growth in last FY 13-14. The unique points of BSNL data
services are "All India free data roaming" & "All customers are enabled
for 3G access & speed".
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*Unlimited internet browsing is limited to the UbiSurfer browser.
Internet access on the UbiSurfer browser is provided free to the
consumer by DataWind through a bundled plan from BSNL. If the
UbiSurfer browser is not utilized, free or bundled access to other
applications is limited to 250MB/month.
SOURCE: DataWind Inc.
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