Bengal goes one step forward for Net on TV

Kolkata, Dec 29 | Updated: Dec 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
Canada-based hand held device maker DataWind Corporation plans to set up a surfer box manufacturing unit in West Bengal.

Surfer box is a hardware product with a software application which sits between a television set and a mobile to run Internet on TV.

The $100-million company manufactures hand-held devices and surfer boxes for Internet connectivity.

The total investment will be around Rs 450 crore with a workforce of 1000. We require a space of anything between 40-50,000 sqft, Harjinder Singh, chief executive officer (India operations) of the company said.

He said the project could take shape only if the state government invests around Rs 150 crore. Singh was in Kolkata to launch Pocket Surfer, a hand-held wireless access device, which would make email and Internet surfing easy and inexpensive. The device, priced at Rs 9,999, is light weight (170gm) and portable. It is the best available Internet access hardware in the market, said Singh. The device can access the Internet through a blue-tooth connection present in the mobile handset.

Since we have our own compression technology, the speed of opening Web pages is one of the fastest among all the available devices like Blackberry, Palm Treo and Nokia 9300, he said. In the eastern region, Grameen Sanchar Society (Grasso), a Kolkata-based NGO is the distributor of Pocket Surfer.