Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a producer of computer chips, and Telmex, a Mexican telecommunications provider, on Monday announced the availability of their Telmex Internet Box Personal Internet Communicator (PIC), which aims to provide Mexican users with affordable Web access, according to a July 31 AMD release on WebWire.com.
The Telmex Internet Box was developed by AMD, and it provides its users with all the necessary hardware, software, access and support functions to begin surfing the Web.
“Telmex is committed to bringing technology to the social sectors of Mexico with the highest needs,” said Andres Vazquez del Mercado, Telmex’s director of marketing, in the release. “Together with AMD, the Telmex Internet Box not only offers an easy to use and maintain solution for first time Internet users, but also is priced affordably to eliminate the economic barrier that has previously prevented many of our citizens from getting online.”
The Telmex Internet Box is available for purchase in the company’s retail stores throughout Mexico, and it includes the PIC, a monitor, a mouse and a keyboard.
Word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and media player software, among others, come preinstalled, and the PIC is already in use at schools, universities and small businesses in countries like India, Brazil and South Africa.
The PIC was developed under AMD’s 50×15 Initiative, which aims to connect half the world’s population to the Web by 2015, according to the release.
“AMD and Telmex recognize that education and access to the Internet are crucial toward providing personal and professional development opportunities to consumers around the world,” said Gino Giannotti, AMD’s vice president of innovative solutions, in the release. “Bringing the Telmex Internet Box to market helps bridge the digital divide in Mexico and moves us closer to achieving our goal of connecting 50 percent of the world to the Internet by 2015.”