SOURCE: DataWind, Inc.

DataWind, Inc.

September 28, 2015 16:05 ET

DataWind Partners With Telenor Communications, Its Second Major Carrier in India

DataWind Smartphones and Tablets Will Be Made Available Through 1,800 Telenor Retail Locations Across India

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - Sep 28, 2015) - DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW), a leader in the delivery of Internet access in emerging markets, has partnered with Telenor India, a leading Global mobile network operator, with major Indian operations, to offer unlimited Internet browsing for one-year with any DataWind device.

Telenor India has over 47.5 million subscribers on its network. Its service area spans six major regions in India and covers half of the country's population of over 1.25 billion people, primarily in rural areas. As the most affordable mobile Internet access service available in India, Datawind's Internet service is ideally suited to Telenor's subscriber demographic.

"Our partnership with Telenor brings much needed, low-cost Internet access to millions of people in rural areas across India on existing 2G infrastructure," commented Suneet Singh Tuli, president and CEO of DataWind. "Telenor's network service regions complement our existing coverage, further expanding our national footprint and growth potential."

"Bringing the Internet to people in these rural areas has the potential to improve their lives through the proven economic and social benefits of accessing the Internet -- and for the first time, Internet access is available to them at a price they can afford," Tuli continued.

Amaresh Kumar, chief product officer of Telenor India commented, "We are delighted to partner with Datawind. Telenor offers Sabse Sasta and value for money voice and Internet services. Products like these are step towards achieving our Internet for All ambition and empower customers with benefits of being connected."

With over 4 billion people around the world still without Internet access, affordability remains a key challenge. DataWind breaks the affordability barrier with the world's most affordable tablets, phablets and smartphones that come bundled with one year of unlimited Internet access.

About Telenor (India) Communications:
Telenor (India) Communications is a wholly owned company of Norway-based Telenor Group and offers mobile telephony services under the brand Telenor. The company launched it services in 2009 and till recently was known as Uninor in the market. Telenor's pre-paid GSM mobile services are commercially available in the six circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar (including Jharkhand), Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. It will soon start commercial operations in Assam. Together, these circles account for more than 50% of India's population giving Uninor the ability to serve every second person in India.

Telenor has positioned itself as Sabse Sasta operator in India and offers value for money and relevant voice and Internet services to 47.5 million subscribers. Its three-pillar strategy of being the best in basic services, mass-market distribution and low cost operations has helped the company grow to the 4th position in customer market share in its operational six circles.

For more information, please visit www.telenor.in | www.twitter.com/telenorINnews

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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