Intel® Centrino - Wi-Fi network
Obviously, notebooks based on Intel® Centrino™ technology are lightweight and have powerful batteries. Unicomp produces them since June 2004, and this is of special pride for the company. Currently they produce eight models of notebooks – 50 units each month, and, as they claim, Unicomp is able to raise its capacity to 1000 per month.
These notebooks are able to provide wireless access to Internet. It’s notable hat the team of young winners of the First PanArmenian Contest of Programmers organized by the Union of Information Technology Enterprises of Armenia (UITE) and the Armenian IT Enterprises Incubator Foundation (EIF) which was held in June 2004, was awarded with first notebook ever made in Armenia!
It’s important to note that in accordance with an agreement signed between Unicomp and Converse Bank yet in the fall of 2004 students can buy notebooks through a low interest rate credit by paying at front only 20% of the total price which starts from 900 USD and then pay only 30-40 USD per month during next 30 months. The price of the notebooks is 30-40% less than the price of the same computers abroad. This low price is a result of combination of right selection of components and implementation of just-in-time technology.
But to implement the wireless, a network of hotspots based on Wi-Fi technology is needed to be installed in a number of public areas.
At the moment a number of hotspots are set by Arminco, a local Internet provider, in various places of the city of Yerevan, i. e. in cafes such as Poplavok, others, and that network actually covers the Komitas Avenue of Armenia's capital. One should add that the famous resort of Tsaghkadzor has become the first town of Armenia completely covered by Wi-Fi network.
One must point out that Arminco signed an agreement with Intel to provide broadband wireless access to Internet in Yerevan area during Intel – Government of Armenia talks held in September of 2005 in Yerevan. Notably, from the very beginning of 2006 number of those who desire to have wireless access to the Internet has grown significantly.
And high-class spesialists of Unicomp established hotspots networks in the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) State University (RAU), Yerevan State University (YSU) und the State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA) to provide wireless access to the Internet in the mentioned instututions.