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Desktop PCs have come down to Rs 30,000 from Rs 90,000

By Quintus Perera

Around three years ago the price of an average personal computer was in the range of Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000. But today such computers could be purchased at prices ranging from Rs 30,000 and this would effectively tackle the piracy of computer software issue, according to Indika De Zoyza, Country Business Manager, Intel.

He was speaking at a press conference held in Colombo last week to announce the holding of Infotel 2010 – Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Exhibition to be held from September 30 to October 4 at the BMICH. This year’s theme of this ICT Exhibition is “IT’s Abouth Growth”.

Mr. De Zoyza said that the stakeholders of computer production are effectively addressing the issue and now have come up with a solution by making it more affordable. Speaking of ICT going to the village, he said that they have been doing considerable work along with the Ministry of Education to increase ICT awareness in Sri Lanka as a whole. He said that computer awareness among the teachers has greatly been raised and by 2012 to 2013 the awareness among the student population would be raised by 80%.

Dr Ruwan Weerasinghe, Chairman, Infotel Lanka Society said that this year’s Infotel 2010 Expo will be unique in that there will be many new aspects introduced to encourage participation while enhancing the opportunity for sharing and transferring knowledge related to the use of ICT in growth and development of the economy.

He said that the ICT 2010 International ICT conference will be held in conjunction with Infotel while the National Best Quality Software Awards organized by the British Computer Society Sri Lanka (BCS) will also be conducted parallel to Infotel 2010.

The participation of multi-national ICT giants and key regional technology players showcasing their latest ICT technologies would add value to Infotel 2010.

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