Schools empowered by cloud computing and mobile broadband in Jamaica

2011-08-03 Categories: Press Releases

  • PC as a Service brings together the power of mobile broadband and cloud computing to reach out to the Caribbean’s next internet users
  • Solution to be implemented by LIME and Ericsson in two Jamaican schools, benefiting 40 students
  • Leveraging cloud computing capabilities to offer quality online services and applications at affordable prices via cost-effective PCs/laptops

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and LIME are empowering two schools in Jamaica through a regional innovative cloud computing service partnership. Using a cloud-based operating system, called PC as a Service, both Greater Portmore High and Kingston High schools will now have access to educational content selection available on the internet and will deploy an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) solution in the schools.

More than 40 students from these schools will be able to take advantage of cloud computing capabilities offered by online services and applications at affordable prices via cost-effective PCs/laptops.

Eric Scott, Headmaster of Portmore High, says: “We are willing to work with LIME and Ericsson through this project, and we are convinced that the program will allow our students to have access to the latest technology, and will also motivate them to join this program.”

Corrine Richards, Headmistress of Kingston High, says: “We believe that the students will enjoy this program as it allows them to explore the internet and interact with other learners in the least restrictive way. While our students have access, some of the features included in this technology program will significantly enhance usage of applications in the academic learning process.”

The concept gives a superior and convenient computing experience for students at a great value, reaching out with an optimal solution, especially in emerging markets. The benefits for schools are include safe experiences, such as preventing viruses and spam, better streaming of multimedia web content, five seconds to start up, enhanced browsing, multiple operating systems and child-friendly computing principles.

"There has been a lot of talk about what cloud computing can do for businesses, but with PC as a Service we see how this technology can help to bring affordable ICT solutions to sections of our population that don’t readily have access,” said Garry Sinclair, LIME Jamaica’s Managing Director.

“It is well known by now that LIME Jamaica is committed to bringing benefits of connectivity to our country, especially to our schools, and we are pleased to partner with Ericsson on an initiative which helps us to achieve that,” he added.

PC as a Service is a first-of-its-kind concept and a natural evolution of telecom and computing, committed to bringing benefits of connectivity to these students and schools in Jamaica by means of testing several technologies, platforms and solutions.
Ericsson is demonstrating how operators can address the opportunity to provide mobile broadband-enabled computing to all types of users.

Martin Roos, Head of Ericsson in the Caribbean, says: “It is high time for the classrooms to go global and mobile, with the latest communications technology and our global scale. Ericsson is uniquely suited to help shape this new world for future generations.”

This initiative in Jamaican schools shows how cloud-based computing systems allow for an advanced and personalized computing experience on low-cost devices using an intuitive and user-friendly interface, removing the barriers to computing for everyone, including individuals with no prior computer experience.

Notes to editors:

Official video demo of PC as a Service: http://www.youtube.com/user/ericssonpress#p/u/1/GewXOwAczWo
Our multimedia content is available at the broadcast room: www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 175 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

Ericsson is present in Latin America since 1896, when established an agreement in Colombia and for the first time delivered equipments in the region. In the beginning of the 1900s, Ericsson increased its presence in Latin America by signing commercial deals in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Today, Ericsson is present in 56 countries within South America, Central America, Mexico and Caribbean, which all compose one of the few regions with full Ericsson complete installations formed by Production Unit, R&D Center and Training Center. Ericsson is the market leader telecom supplier with over 40% of market share in Latin America and more than 100 telecom services contracts in the region.

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LIME is the Caribbean's largest telecommunications company with a proud history in the region, and which is always working to improve life in the Caribbean. LIME delivers the very best communication services to governments, businesses and families in 13 Caribbean countries with one unifying promise - building, connecting and serving communities. LIME is part of Cable & Wireless Communications PLC, one of the world's leading communications companies. Visit www.lime.com to learn more.

Schools empowered by cloud computing and mobile broadband in Jamaica