Datawind, the Canadian company that is manufacturing the first lot of Aakash 2 tablets, has revealed its delivery status following reports within government circles of its inability to deliver the tablets on time. According to the report, the company has already delivered 17,100 Aakash 2 tablets to IIT Bombay, while another batch comprising of 29,400 of the Aaaksh 2 tablets are on the way to the premier educational institute and should reach them within the next few days. Another 23,500 of the tablets have already been manufactured and are pending shipment, which will commence once the payment for 29,400 Aakash 2s has cleared. This leaves 30,000 that the company is contracted to deliver by March 31st. However, Datawind expressed confidence in its ability to deliver the last batch of 30k tablets, since the major components have already been manufactured and the final assembly is in progress. The company stated it is working hard to deliver as much as possible by the end of March, while the remaining will be cleared by the next few weeks.
“We are currently delivering between 2,500 to 3,000 units per day to our customers commercially and have been recognized among the top 3 tablet manufacturers in India for the last two quarters in a row,” explained Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli, who also added, “We continue to maintain our leadership position as India’s lowest cost supplier of tablet computers, and have pioneered India’s ‘phablet’ market where our UbiSlate 7C+ devices provide combined smartphone and tablet functionality. Coupled with our patented breakthrough web delivery platform, the UbiSlate 7C+ provides the fastest mobile internet experience on common cellular networks.”
Tuli attributed the delay to the verification process the tablet had to undergo with customs. The Exemption Certificates issued by IIT Bombay were needed for many of the components used in the tablet.