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Olive & Tata launch India’s first 3G-enabled netbook

September 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm


X107H netbook A partnership between Olive Telecommunication, a subsidiary of Haier Mobile, and Tata Teleservices (TTSL) has today announced the first 3G-equipped netbook in India. The X107H netbook comes with the usual specifications including a 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD.

The netbook will be enabled with the Qualcomm QSC 6085 chipset, with data packages provided by Tata. The wireless broadband service is called Photon Plus. The X107H will cost 23,999 Rupees (£300), which includes the Photon Plus service. There will be ten subsidised netbooks altogether and will launch in a couple of months. These models will be priced between 4,999 to 39,999 Rupees (£63 – £500).

“The unique advantages of our high-speed Internet access service get compounded by the feature-rich and attractively-priced Netbook, which will be on offer with an exclusive range of tariff offerings, designed to bring the best of both worlds to the market,” said Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices

Via TechTree [via Liliputing].

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7 Responses to “Olive & Tata launch India’s first 3G-enabled netbook”

  1. Bob said:
    September 9th, 2009 5:34 AM

    Dell in India too has announced 3G bundled packages with local service providers. It’ll be interesting to see if Nokia 3G Booklet will join the fray thru’ a credible service provider in India. No word on the package costs still. With online verified security in place within the networks, this will have a positive effect on the lives and livelihood of small, medium and even big businesses. One important question: Minimum to Maximum UPLOAD & DOWNLOAD speeds available ? Wonder when WIMAX & LTE would be part of wireless revolution ?

  2. kanika said:
    December 29th, 2009 9:28 AM

    I agree with you bob. Finally 3g seems to be picking up. I guess its about damn time. Nokia booklet is also interesting and i had the same question as to who is going to be the service provider. In case of the Olive x107h netbook it will be TATA. Had a look at their product page and the price is pegged at around 23k. Ive heard that the Olive zipbook’s price will go down, depending on the competition that you have pointed out. I think the next thing is 3g without any fair usage policy. Now that would be sweet! For now i guess we have to be happy with the Olive x07h’s inbuilt 3g. Lets hope that the 3g revolution starts up in a big way. In case your interested the Olive website is http://www.olive.me/zipbook.

  3. Bob said:
    December 29th, 2009 12:12 PM

    The 3G auction was slated to be conducted by Jan 2010, but now it seems that too may be deferred. I say go for 4G – LTE auctions so customers get 10X speed of 3G straight off. By the time 3G is actually deployed 4G would already be making noise – a whole lot of it. So since Indian customers have waited this long, they might as well wait little longer for the best from 4G. Till that time (Y2011) even netbooks will evolve into having super battery lives and will serve the purpose perfectly. Forget 3G :-)

    @kanika : The Olive netbook seems over priced & I believe Tata Photon + service is available only in select cities as of now and have no clue about the quality of its service and speeds.

  4. kanika said:
    January 5th, 2010 1:29 PM

    @Bob – well as per what i have heard is that the olive zipbook will priced at about Rs 22500. Although i think that olive can consider a stripped down version running linux on their x107h netbook. Regarding the connectivity, it’s dependent on where you are located. Hmm 4g…sounds really really delicious. Well lets hope your prophecy comes true then.

  5. kanika said:
    March 11th, 2010 11:01 AM

    @ BOB- The olive zipbook prices have come down to Rs 17,999. That makes it realy affordable. I mean it costs as much as a smarphone and of course the experience of the internet on the Olive zipbook will be far more superior.

  6. kanika said:
    March 11th, 2010 11:04 AM

    @ BOB – interesting about the dell and the nokia booklet. I think the business end of computers at least in india surely lies at the lower end of the price band. Anyways here’s hoping that the 3g revolution kicks off. About the TATA photon connectivity, its pretty good if you are in a major city like say delhi or mumbai. The connectivity will tail off if you go off the city limits.

  7. Bob said:
    March 11th, 2010 11:57 AM

    @ kanika:

    Price is and will be the key factor for netbooks in general, whether in India or abroad anywhere. Considering this 18K mark seems good as long as all mentioned features and connectivty goodies come along intact. I also took up Tata Photon + for EV-DO usage in India and seems to deliver what it says. Have very recently mentioned same in Forum under ” …. Technology for Netbooks”.

    LTE to me would be ideal, notwithstanding the $ ofcourse but the whole 3G delay and ensuing choas is still affordable because of the huge market in India. This is why there is room (read: profit) for all technologies, if marketed & sold properly by big telecom operators there.

    As far as Nokia 3G Booklet goes its by far the best looking one without a doubt but it’s too late and its too damn costly – forget about it being sold thru’ local carrier in emrging markets.

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