DataWind to Manufacture in India

Published: 19th March 2015 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2015 06:05 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: DataWind,  a low-cost Internet connectivity and wireless web access products company founded in Canada, has said that it will move 90 pc of its manufacturing to India in the next 90 days.

“In our commitment to ‘Make in India’, we hope to generate 1,000 new direct and indirect jobs in India within the next year as we work with electronics manufacturing services companies in India,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, president and CEO of DataWind, here on Wednesday.

He said the company was enthused with government reversing the inverse duty structure on smartphones and tablets, prompting them to shift manufacturing from China.

According to Tuli, the company will consider manufacturing LCD panels and screens for the devices and assemble them with imported and locally-sourced electronic components.

Smartphones Launched: The company also announced the launch of its affordable smartphones at prices ranging from Rs 1,999. It is bundled with free unlimited Internet browsing for one year on Reliance Communications.

As per estimates, more than 1.3 crore feature phones priced below Rs 3,000 are purchased in India every month.

“We see this as a beginning of a new phase in Internet revolution led by mobile Internet and with Reliance Communications by our side in this new transformational journey towards a Digital India,” he said.

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