The government of Mauritius, together with chip manufacturer AMD, Acer, Microsoft and four local technology distributors have announced a public-private partnership aimed at providing affordable access to technology for more than a fifth of the island's population.
The project, due to commence in January 2009, will make affordably priced desktop and notebook computers available to 250 000 Mauritians between MUR10 000 (Rupees) and MUR16 000. These computers are specifically designed to meet the needs of new users, requiring robust, easy-to-use and power-efficient solutions.
"With a population of 1,2-million, reaching 250 000 people with our affordable solution will make a positive impact to life on the island," says Acer MD, Graham Braum. "The aim of the project is to target households that would not normally purchase a personal computer due to financial constraints. When AMD first approached us about partnering with them, we felt that it was a perfect fit that would provide a win-win solution for all, ranging from government to the end user."
This public-private partnership is in line with AMD’s strategy of providing real solutions to people’s technology challenges, providing robust desktop and notebook computers with genuine hardware and software backed by a 24/7 technical support and a local warranty. The partnership aims to eliminate the "Digital Divide" through the availability of affordable leading edge technology.
"Together, we are partnering to overcome the barriers between people and technology," says Braum.
The available units consist of the following specifications:
Category A – Desktop 1
Acer Veriton M220 with Empowering Technology; AMD Sempron LE-1200; 80GB 7200RPM; SATA HDD; 1GB, DDRII 533/667 Memory; DVD/RW Dual Burner Drive; Microsoft Vista Starter Edition; Standard Warranty; PS2 keyboard; PS2 European/Askey 56K modem; and a + 17” CRT monitor
Category B – Desktop 2
Acer Veriton M220 with Empowering Technology; AMD Athlon 65 4050e; 160GB 7200RPM; SATA HDD; 2GB, DDRII 533/667 Memory; DVD/RW Dual Burner Drive; Microsoft Vista Home Basic; Standard Warranty; PS2 keyboard; PS2 European; Askey 56K modem; and a + 17" CRT monitor
Category C – Notebook 1
Acer Aspire 5535; 15.6" WXGA CrystalBrite Display; AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor QL60 (1 MB L2 cache, 1.90 GHz,DDR2 667 MHz, 35 W); AMD M780G Chipset; ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics with up to 20487 MB of HyperMemory (256 MB of dedicated system memory, up to 1792 MB of shared system memory); 1x1024MB; 1x160GB; 8x DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive; 802.11bgn wireless with Acer Signalup Technology; six cell Li-ion battery; two built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers; built-in microphone; modem: 56K ITU V.92 with PTT approval; LAN: Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready; ExpressCard; 54 slot; 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD); three USB 2.0 ports; Acer Empowering Technology (Acer ePower, eDataSecurity, eRecovery, eSettings Management); Acer Arcade Deluxe1 featuring Cinema, Album, Music, Acer HomeMedia; Microsoft Home Basic + Microsoft Works 8.5 with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial