Datawind, the maker of low-cost Aakash tablets, on Wednesday said it has
shipped to the government all the 1 lakh units completing the deal after
almost two-and-a-half years that was marred by glitches.
won the contract to supply 1 lakh unit of Aakash tablets priced at $
49.98 apiece in 2011, translated into a price of Rs. 2,276 at that time.
have supplied all units of Aakash tablets under contract to the
government. It will be with the transporter by midnight tonight and will
be processed through Letter of Credit documentation by IIT-Bombay,"
Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli told PTI.
He said the company has
already supplied 74,700 units of Aakash 2, upgraded version of tablet
unveiled in October 2011, which have been delivered to and accepted by
C-DAC, Noida and IIT-Bombay and 25,300 units are to be processed through
Transporter in Noida.
"The 25,300 unit final shipments will be
released by State Bank of India (IIT-Bombay's bank) upon endorsement of
the delivery order, as per the Letter of Credit requirement established
by IIT-Bombay," he said.
Datawind had won the contract to supply 1
lakh unit of Aakash tablets priced at $ 49.98 apiece in 2011,
translated into a price of Rs. 2,276 at that time. The project was then
handled by IIT Jodhpur which provided the specifications for the
After running in controversies on the quality of product,
the project was shifted under IIT Bombay and Datawind was asked to
supply better version of the product, Aakash 2 at price of Rs. 2,263
apiece, which is around $ 42 at the current exchange rate.
have supplied 98,000 of Aakash 2 devices and 2,000 devices with
DataWind's recommendations for upgraded version of Aakash 2, all at a
price of Rs. 2,263," Tuli said.
Aakash 2 tablet was upgraded from
366 Mhz processor, 256 MB internal memory (RAM) to 1Ghz processor, 512MB
of RAM, flash memory of 4GB can be supplemented by up to 32GB external
memory card card slot.
The 2,000 unit of upgraded Aakash 2 version
recommended by DataWind has an embedded SIM slot which will provide
user both cellular voice and data functionality, he said.