DataWind Inc. (TSX: DW) is a provider of wireless web access products and services. Based on several international patents, DATAWIND’s breakthrough technologies solve the bandwidth limitations of cellular networks by accelerating content delivery by factors of 10x to 30x – resulting in a superior mobile web experience at a lower cost. Most recently, DATAWIND’s Aakash/UbiSlate tablets have received worldwide attention, as the company executes a vision to empower the next 3 billion people with computing and internet access. SNNLive spoke with Raja Tuli, Co-Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of DataWind Inc. at the LD Micro "Main Event" 2014 in Bel Air, CA.
Mr. Tuli begins with an overview of the company, “We are a Canadian technology company and essentially we have a patented technology that enables very low cost internet access. Two-Thirds of the world today doesn’t have access to the internet and it’s because they can’t afford it or the infrastructure doesn’t exist and we have a patented technology that reduces the amount of data we need to get them on the internet by 30 times. What that does essentially is it lets us buy those megabytes or data from the network operators for about a dollar a year and we’re able to sell them internet access for 3 to 4 dollars for unlimited access on their mobile device, primarily we sell tablets and/or smartphones.”
He explains how the technology works, “How our technology works essentially is instead of sending you the webpage, normally the webpages today, average size of webpage is 1.7mb in size. We can’t download that and that’s already compressed in size so we can’t apply more compression, but what we do is we just send a picture of that page, just a bitmap and that’s only 30-50k and then the end user is getting basic internet access. He can type stuff, he can do whatever he wants, to him it looks exactly like internet access, but he’s interacting with a server which is our cloud servers.”
He concludes by discussing competition in this sector, “Right now we don’t have anybody competing with us - this is giving internet access by reducing the amount of data and selling unlimited access, so our business model is new, our technology is patented, and the cloud servers – the cost of those are minimal, it’s a standard client-server type technology.” For more information, check out their website: www.DataWind.com
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