And players like Chennai-based Novatium have partnered with MTNL to offer cheap desktops at less than Rs 10,000 (including the service, monitors and so on).
The desktop called netPC costs just Rs 4,999.
Novatium offers a managed service, which means that customers store data on the Novatium servers ç¯¯d option for small- and medium enterprises too.
Research firm IDC has predicted that the new market segment, comprising small, energy-efficient and low-cost devices (netbooks and nettops), could grow from fewer than 500,000 in 2007 to 9 million in 2012 as the market for second computers expands in developed economies.
Form factors like that of the $35 "Sakshat" device, if successful, are expected to add to the numbers.
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