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Turkey Partners With Tech Vendors

The Turkish government has estimated that just 9% of its citizens have Internet access, and has linked up with AMD and other suppliers to provide low-cost PCs and Web hookups.
For less than $15 a month, Turkish citizens will be able to get a computer and connect to the Internet, under a joint effort by AMD, Inc. and Dogan Online, its online partner in Turkey.

The Turkish government has estimated that just nine percent of its citizens have Internet access.

AMD's effort to lead the '50x15 Initiative'--a movement to bring inexpensive computing to 50 percent of the world by 2015--moved a notch toward that goal this week with the introduction of AMD's Minicom Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) in Turkey. The PICs are being offered complete with software applications and online connectivity for $14.70 a month.

The complete package includes a computer, keyboard, mouse, monitor, pre-installed software, full service, and financing. A version of Microsoft Windows is included along with word processing and spreadsheet software. In addition to Microsoft, other partners in the effort, include Samsung, Seagate, and Macromedia.

The "announcement represents the first time Personal Internet Communicators are being offered in Turkey," said Steve Howard, an AMD spokesman, in an e-mail. "PICs are available to consumers in Mexico, Brazil, India, Panama and throughout the Caribbean. The devices are also being used in schools and community centers in Russia and South Africa.

"The PIC is a new category of consumer electronics created to provide consumers in high-growth nations an affordable, easy-to-use means of accessing the Internet."

The hardware features a rugged fanless design and has been designed to resist viruses, adware, and spyware to lower maintenance costs.

AMD is also a partner in an MIT project called One Laptop Per Child that is developing a $100 laptop computer. Aimed at schoolchildren in developing countries, the program is shepherded by MIT's Technology Media Lab and aims to bring the low-cost devices to more than 100 million schoolchildren. The plan will require various governments to contribute to the program.