Government run telecom service provider MTNL in association with indigenous Telecom Equipment manufacturer Teracom has launched tablet PC at the entry level price of Rs. 3,999. MTNL's tablet PC Lofty Tab is seen as a competitor to much talked about tablet Aakash launched by the human resource development ministry. AK Bhargava, Executive Director, MTNL, spoke with this Citizen Journalist about the tablet.
MTNL's executive director AK Bhargava agreed that this launch is one more attempt towards converting losses in profit. “Yes, off course (profitability is on mind),” AK Bhargava, Executive Director, MTNL, told this Citizen Journalist
Bhargava said that data proliferation is the main focus of the company and through this launch MTNL will be able to tap those customers who basically contribute to the revenue through their data uses.
“Devices are very important for the proliferation of 3G and data. Our focus is on data. It (the tablet) will help us in gaining those customers who are consumers of data principally. With the popularity of tablets, this is the one area where we will be filling-up the gap basically and offering a choice to the consumers,” said AK Bhargava.
Teracom, the manufacturer of the tablet, termed the entry level device TZ300 as a ‘Value for Money’ product. The company claims that TZ300 offers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a power full 3000mAH battery which none other Tablet PC has offered at this price point.
“We are offering a best gadget in its peer group with best quality and price. We are committed to deliver a good and smart Tablet PC with a lucrative and affordable price range,” said Mukesh Arora, Chairman and Managing Director, Teracom Limited, in a statement.
Under the joint venture, MTNL will offer 10 GB data usage, which can be used for two months on its 3G network by those customers who will buy Lofty tablets. Lofty pad also has a feature of 3G and 2G calling. It supports Teracom’s own 3G Data Cards and also integrates with various other Data Cards to avail 3G services.