Iraqtel readies for notebook project

Some 500,000 notebooks could be offered at discount prices to Iraqi professionals if a project driven by the chairman of one of the subsidiaries of regional conglomerate Iraq Emaar Group gets off the ground.

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By  Administrator Published  April 1, 2007

Some 500,000 notebooks could be offered at discount prices to Iraqi professionals if a project driven by the chairman of one of the subsidiaries of regional conglomerate Iraq Emaar Group gets off the ground.

Sheikh Fawzi Al Lami, chairman of Iraqtel, an Iraq Emaar Group subsidiary, has had talks with a number of PC vendors and is looking to sign a deal in the coming months.

Vendors would need to meet three criteria - affordable price range, high quality and commitment, and financing options - to be considered for the scheme, he said.

The group, previously called Al Emaar Holding, wants to deploy 5,000 laptops in the first quarter and 15,000 in the second, but eventually hopes to deliver up to 500,000 notebooks.

Doctors, engineers, students and ministry workers are the main target for the scheme, which will see laptops being priced at around 20% lower than retail rates. Users would be able to pay on a monthly instalment basis, an executive at Iraqtel said.

The aim of the laptop distribution project is not to make profit, Iraqtel claimed, but is part of the group's overall bid to encourage the use of internet in the country. Through its subsidiary Iraqtel, the group began its deployment of WiMax last month in Basrah and has also secured the agreement of the ministry to supply WiMax in Baghdad.

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