What must be done
The success of a computing model, according to analysts like Mukherjee and Mishra, revolves around a friendly operating system (OS), application-ready device, and a robust distribution model.
The government, however, has neither shortlisted manufacturers nor finalised the mode of distribution.
Meanwhile, manufacturing of the device is being done in Taiwan but the government is hopeful of bringing its manufacturing to India.
Analysts are not convinced.
The numbers of low-cost PCs are too small to justify manufacturing in India.
Around 8-9 million PCs sell in India annually.
Notebooks comprise around 25-30 per cent of the total PC sales.
Low-cost PCs (which include netbooks that sell for anywhere between Rs 12,000 and Rs 20,000) comprise a mere 10 per cent of the total notebook sales.
"Manufacturing in India is all about scale. This is why PC manufacturing has not taken-off in India," explains Mukherjee of IDC.
Image: Student browse the internet on the concluding day of the "Students Internet World" free internet centre at the Kanteerava stadium in Bangalore.
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