04 Jan '12, 4pm

What's The Real Cost of the World's Cheapest Tablet Device?

What's The Real Cost of the World's Cheapest Tablet Device?

A tablet device, built for the masses. And we mean masses. With a price tag of around $35 to manufacture, millions upon millions of these tablet devices will soon be made available, connecting people to the internet in places like India, China, and Africa. It is an incredible project from a company in Montreal, but it will likely have some incredible trickle effects on other people and companies. The Globe and Mail reports on the story behind Suneet Singh Tuli, the 43-year-old CEO of a small Canadian wireless device maker called Datawind, which has won a contract with India to build the world's cheapest tablet device. More than 800 million people in India have mobile phones and more than 10 million are signing up each month. Yet the number of Indians with regular access to the Internet is shockingly low: about 10%. The Indian government is banking on a nationally subsidize...

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