Thailand signs world's largest educational tablet deal
Thailand took a major step in the development of its educational system, when they launched a $32.8 million educational tablet distribution deal to one million students nationwide. These tablets will be handed over to students that age between 6 to 8 years across the country.
Today tablets are much cheaper than laptops and are also useful towards a major development such as this.
It is said that this educational program of $32.8 million (1.02 billion Thai Baht) One Tablet PC Per Child Campaign is one of the largest deals in the world till date. This deal is done in partnership with a Chinese company named Shenzhen Scope, who will send their first batch of 400,000 units in the next 90 days and an additional 530,000 units on the way. However, the second part of the deal is still not finalized but the government seriously wants to continue their good work and sign the second pact which will take the budget for $75.7 million for the entire project.
According to the Chinese firm Thailand is the first country where they have provided a large number of tablets for students. And in the near future they plan to provide the same kind of service to many other countries like Pakistan, Brazil and South Africa.
The Tablets will have many important and basic features like 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 1.5 GHz single core CPU. It is the Scopad SP0712: a 7-inch Android device that runs on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The tablets are priced at $81 per unit and come in four different colors that is red, blue, silver and gold. The company will also provide technical help as it is planning to set up as many as 30 help centers across the country.
As a matter of fact the Chinese firm produces 30,000 units per day, out of which 24,000 units are reserved exclusively for Thailand’s One Per Child initiative.