Mass-marketing strategy needed
The underprivileged sections of society, whom this $35 computing device targets primarily, may prefer a keyboard to a touch-screen.
Besides, many schools in villages operate from buildings that do not have adequate infrastructure (some remote ones even operate in cowsheds).
Having a Wi-Fi hotspot to leverage the device's capability may not be ambitious.
"This is an emerging space. We appreciate the government giving it a try. However, what is needed is a strategy to mass market these devices. Besides, the country needs adequate internet (broadband) penetration to make such models a success," says Naveen Mishra, senior research analyst, Gartner.
Mishra cites the examples of countries like Italy and Japan where telco service providers have pushed up the sales of these devices.
Image: Nine-year old twin sisters Rafna K (L) and Rashna K look out of a classroom window at their school in Kodinji village in Kerala.
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