Thailand Taps China For Cut-Price 'One Tablet Per Child' Program
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
As Apple fends off a feisty claimant to its iPad trademark in China, Chinese tech manufacturers are doing battle in Thailand. Several are competing to supply as many as 860,000 cut-price tablets to Thai schoolchildren under a government-to-government program. None will getting iPads, not at less than $100 a pop. Still, the Thai government wants to get bang for its buck by fielding bids from the likes of Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo. China's government is assisting with procurement, though the 1.9 billion baht ($62 million) budget is coming from Thailand. The winning tablet must feature a seven-inch touch screen, 512 RAM, 8GB of memory and built-in 3G. The program stems from a campaign pledge last year by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to provide 'One Tablet Per Child' as a way to revolutionise grade-school learning. The government has promised to start delivering the first batch to schools in March.