The low-cost smartphone maker Datawind which also produces Akash tablets has announced to set up its new manufacturing unit in Hyderabad under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Apart from the Akash tablets, the company has launched ultra-low cost smartphones that come along with one year of free internet by Reliance and Telenor. This will be the company’s second plant in India, where its first unit in Amritsar is used for assembling Touchpanels.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli, President & CEO, DataWind said,
“We are excited to announce the expansion of our operations in Telangana. In addition to empowering citizens with affordable technology and internet access, we are committed to the communities where we operate by generating local jobs.
The manufacturing facility in Hyderabad is the second facility of DataWind in India after Amritsar set up under Make in India campaign of the Prime Minister. It will have a capacity to produce 20 lakhs units of tablets and smartphones per annum and will cater to the growing demand of low cost devices in the country.”
The Hyderabad unit is said to start its production within the first in 90 days and will create 500 plus jobs within the first few months. According to the company, the unit starts with an initial investment of Rs. 100 crores and the production starts with manufacturing smartphones and tablets. It will have a capacity of manufacturing 5,000 units per day and is targeting a production of two million units a year.
Last year the company announced to launch the world’s most affordable 4G LTE smartphone priced at just Rs. 3,000. It will also come with one year of unlimited internet for free, but this offer doesn’t support video streaming or download content. As said earlier, the company has already collaborated with Reliance and Telenor for this offer and is in talks with other service providers.