– Broadband Internet access solution designed to enhance education and communication throughout Panama –
Panama City, Panama -- September 6, 2005 --AMD
(NYSE: AMD) and Cable & Wireless today launched FacilNet an
innovative Web access program, based on the Personal Internet
Communicator (PIC), expanding similar affordable Internet connectivity
programs already in place across the Caribbean to Central America.
FacilNet is offered as a complete solution including broadband
connectivity, PIC, pre-installed software, monitor, keyboard and mouse
to provide Internet access to an increasingly broad range of customers.
Programs like FacilNet are designed to provide consumers an online
experience that is as simple and enjoyable as possible. Bundled
software, device and connectivity services ensure that customers have
everything they need to instantly communicate with family and friends,
tap into informational and educational resources and explore all that
the Web offers.
PIC is a new category of Internet access devices running a Microsoft Windows
powered operating system and designed to provide managed Internet
connectivity and basic computing capabilities including a Web browser,
e-mail, productivity tools (e.g. word processing and spreadsheet
applications) and the ability to view images and multimedia files. PICs
are easy to maintain and are designed to resist viruses, adware and
spyware, significantly lowering the cost of maintenance.
"Cable & Wireless Panama continues to develop Internet access
programs that meet the needs of our diverse customer base. With
FacilNet we are able to provide consumers a complete Internet access
solution including connection, device and support," said Roberto
Mendoza, senior vice president, Marketing Communications &
Corporate Affairs, Cable & Wireless Panama. "Ensuring that all of
our Panamanian customers have access to the Web and the opportunities
it provides is a top priority for Cable & Wireless."
AMD and Cable & Wireless have rolled out PIC programs across the
Caribbean. The FacilNet program marks an expansion into Central
America, a region with an online population of just over 10 percent.
Panama, with about six percent of its citizens online, ranks in the
middle of the countries that comprise Central America.
"For high-growth regions like Central America, we are working closely
with leading companies like AMD and Cable & Wireless to provide
customers with products that enable immense cultural, educational and
economic opportunities that are available through computing and
Internet connectivity. The FacilNet PIC program provides user-friendly
software and hardware that is easy to learn and use, delivering a great
user experience," said Tom Phillips, general manager, Windows Hardware
and Emerging Markets, Windows Client Group at Microsoft.
"Based on successful PIC program roll-outs across the Caribbean, AMD
and Cable & Wireless are working together to expand online usage in
Central America," said Iain Morris, senior vice president,
Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. "The PIC is an ideal platform for
first-time Internet users, with pre-loaded software, integrated
security and a ruggedized design. We are confident the FacilNet program
will provide an intuitive, affordable Web experience for Panamanian
Source: AMD Press Release
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