Datawind has announced to be in the list of finalists in CTIA’s second annual BIG Idea Contest for being the mobile industry’s newest and most innovative concepts focused on improving the way we live, work and play. Almost 10,000 mobile industry professionals voted online to choose the five BIG Idea finalists out of nearly 25 submissions.
The five BIG Idea finalists will present their ideas, visions and concepts to a live voting audience on 8th May at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The top three submissions with the most votes will be the winners of the CTIA WIRELESS BIG Idea Contest. All of the BIG Idea submissions may be viewed at www.ctiashows.com/awards. Mr Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind will make a brief presentation on behalf of Datawind.
Mr. Robert Mesirow, Vice President and Show Director for CTIA stated that The competition for this year’s BIG Idea Contest was tough, with entries that included a range of exciting new concepts and ideas that embody the true transformative power of wireless. We congratulate Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind for being selected as one of the five most innovative entries by their peers.
Datawind has developed a patented internet delivery technology which reduces bandwidth consumption up to 30x allowing users of mobile devices to surf the web on existing networks worldwide without the requirement of new expenditure on infrastructure. Mr. Tuli further added that Given our wholesale operator relationships worldwide, Datawind can also deliver this web connection to users for free on their devices, currently limited to 30 hours per month for 12 months in some markets with very low cost annual renewals. If there were a way to bridge the digital divide while simultaneously delivering a cost effective educational tool, it would greatly impact billions of people around the globe.
Datawind's tablets deliver all the major functionality of the basic PC in a portable handheld device capable of accepting USB pen drives and connecting to the web on either a Wi Fi or mobile phone signal.
Since the launch of Aakash / Ubislate tablet in India, there has been a worldwide explosion of interest in our solution. Datawind has received over 3 Million individual user pre-orders as well as significant interest from corporations and governments for our tablets, we’ve been named UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company, been recognized as a finalist in the award for Innovation in Education at the Mobile World Congress and received coverage at the World Economic Forum in Davos stated by Mr. Tuli.
There is global recognition that the internet can help empower better quality education and level the playing field between the rich and poor. Low cost devices and the ability to deliver the internet on existing GPRS infrastructure, are the necessary pre-requisites for bringing the next billion people on the internet.
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