SOURCE: DataWind, Inc.

DataWind, Inc.

December 14, 2015 16:05 ET

DataWind Partners With Intel to Launch Low-Cost Internet Enabled Devices in Nigeria

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - Dec 14, 2015) -  DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), a leader in the delivery of Internet access in emerging markets, announced a collaboration with Intel Nigeria to offer low cost tablets and smartphones. DataWind's Intel-based devices will be bundled with free-Internet-access, courtesy of their existing partnership with Airtel, one of Nigeria's leading wireless operators.

"The relationship with Intel reinforces the strength and effectiveness of our products," commented Raja Tuli, chairman and chief technology officer of DataWind. "We plan to drive an integrated launch in Nigeria with our partners Intel and Airtel over the coming months."

"Our strategy has always been hinged on affordability and connectivity -- we strongly believe this will help bridge the digital divide in emerging markets like Nigeria."

DataWind's Internet Delivery Platform represents a significant step forward in low-cost Internet connectivity, offering a compelling solution to bring the Internet to the unconnected. By using patented, cloud-based technology, DataWind's solution reduces bandwidth consumption by factors of over 10 to 30 times, resulting in an affordable, broadband-like Internet experience on any data network -- even on 2G networks that remain prevalent in developing countries.

DataWind's 7-inch device runs on the Android operating system and is powered by Intel's latest Atom (Dual Core) processor, which is 3G enabled with voice capability, features front and back cameras and high screen resolution up to 800x480 pixels. All of the company's products come with cellular connectivity, allowing Internet access anytime and anywhere utilizing the company's web acceleration technology. 

Ekundare Olubunmi, Country Manager Intel Nigeria, stated: "It is critical for us as a company to keep innovating and collaborating with partners from around the world to achieve Intel's Global objective -- empowering people around the world through technology. DataWind is one of the many partnerships we are fostering to ensure that more Nigerians have access to technology and the web."

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world's first commercially available "conflict-free" microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com, and about Intel's conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com

About DataWind
DataWind is a leader in providing affordable mobile Internet connectivity in emerging markets. The company's patented, cloud-based technology reduces up to 97% the amount of data needed for web browsing, providing a broadband experience on any network -- even on legacy 2G networks that are still prevalent in developing countries. DataWind also provides economical smartphones and tablets that come bundled with one year of unlimited Internet access, making it the largest tablet provider in India only behind Samsung. DataWind's unique solution offers broad social and economic benefits for the billions of people around the world for whom an Internet connection was previously out of reach. DataWind is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DW.TO). For more information visit www.datawind.com.

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