Desktops to cost INR 5000 in India : Intel

Intel India announced the launch of a range of desktops which will start at INR.5,000 ($125 approximately).

Speaking on the launch, R. Sivakumar, Intel's South Asia's Managing Director of Sales and Marketing Group said, “We recognise there is an urgent need for industry and government to collaborate to enable people to connect to the Internet.”

Intel India launched the 'Connected Indians' movement, which aims at providing to users cheap machines dubbed as nettops and netbooks.

Collaborating with Intel are industry partners such as original equipment manufacturers and Internet service providers, as well as the government.

It is known that personal computers a decade ago came in a price range of more than Rs.50,000, thus making it non-affordable for the common man. Over the years the prices have gone down, but this launch of lost cost perosnal computers will further strengthen the IT revolution in the country.

Communications and Information Technology Minister A. Raja appreciated Intel's initiatives, and said, “The 'Connected Indians' movement will bring with it rapid broadband deployment and help harness the powers of Internet to accelerate inclusive social and economic change.”

The launch was attended by stakeholders from across the industry – OEMs and the government, talent developer NIIT, telecom operators such as Tata Teleservices, Tata Communication and Reliance Communications, and industry lobbies – CII, Assocham and WiMax Forum.

Intel has also collaborated with the state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for popularising broadband Internet and wireless broadband technology WiMAX.