Roundup: Sony, San Luis province, Frost & Sullivan, digital center

- Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Roundup: Sony, San Luis province, Frost & Sullivan, digital center

Japanese tech firm Sony (NYSE: SNE) is planning to invest more than US$30mn to start manufacturing laptops and other electronic devices in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province next year, the country's industry ministry said on its website.

With the investment, Argentina becomes the third country where Sony manufactures notebooks, after Malaysia and Brazil.

The government passed several laws in late 2009 to provide fiscal benefits to companies that manufacture or assemble products in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's southernmost province.

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Argentina's San Luis province will deliver some 14,000 netbooks to students from 38 schools in the cities of San Luis and Villa Mercedes, the provincial government said on its website.

With this, the government now expects that 100% of primary school students in the province will have a computer by the end of the year.

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Research firm Frost & Sullivan has presented its 2011 Excellence in Best Practices Awards in São Paulo, Brazil, Frost said in a statement.

The awards recognizes companies that are expected to encourage significant growth in their industries, having identified emerging trends before they became the standard in the marketplace, and having created advanced technologies that will catalyze and transform industries in the near future.

Awarded companies included Aspect, Citrix, NCR, NICE, Polycom, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Stefanini and Verint.

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Southern Chile's Region IX capital Temuco has inaugurated a computer center funded by the government of Taiwan through its embassy in Chile, the city said in a statement.

The APEC Digital Opportunity Center (Adoc) required a US$30,000 investment and is expected to benefit local entrepreneurs and SMEs with free training in computing skills and access to online government procurement portal ChileCompra.

The contribution includes 21 laptops, two printers, a projector, digital cameras and broadband connectivity.