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Trio extends computing help to Bangladesh

Posted: 04 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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NComputing, AMD and BRAC have announced the completion of a collaborative project to deploy technology solutions in 10 new school-based 50x15 Initiative Learning Labs throughout Bangladesh. BRAC, one of the world's largest non-governmental organizations, deployed NComputing virtual desktops and AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor-based desktop computers in 10 schools around the country as part of the 50x15 Initiative, a global initiative founded by AMD with the goal of providing computing capabilities and Internet connectivity to 50 percent of the world's population by 2015.

NComputing, a provider of desktop virtualization software and hardware, and AMD, a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in computing, graphics and consumer electronics, are collaborating to empower people in emerging countries with tools and skills to help them succeed in today's modern world. Similar to previous 50x15 deployments, BRAC followed AMD's proven learning lab methodology, which includes providing tools, techniques and training to maximize educational impact. BRAC, NComputing, and AMD plan to apply the successes and lessons learned in these labs to future deployments.

"The deployment of 50x15 Learning Labs throughout Bangladesh will help this country to become a bigger part of the information society," said Abdul-Muyeed Chowdhury, chairman of BRAC BDMail Network Ltd (BBN). "Our goal is to provide PCs to 1,000 libraries and 15,000 non-formal primary schools all over the country. With NComputing's virtual desktop technology and the 50x15 Learning Lab model, we will be one step closer to bridging the digital divide that exists between developed countries and emerging nations, such as Bangladesh." With the NComputing X300, seven users can simultaneously share a single computer, while the company's L-series supports up to 10 users on a basic computer, 30 on a mid-range system, and hundreds on enterprise-class servers

"Learning Labs are deliberate, measured, strategic deployments of technology solutions used to gain insight and knowledge on how best to foster digital inclusion worldwide," said Dan Shine, vice president, 50x15 Initiative AMD and president, 50x15 Foundation. "This expansive project to create 10 new learning labs truly captures the spirit and vision of the 50x15 Initiative by bringing together global collaborators and developing an innovative solution based on leading-edge technology to provide Internet connectivity and computing capability to a new generation."

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