Bulgaria News Briefs: IDC Reports Q2 PC Shipments

Desktop PCs accounted for 92.3 percent of all second-quarter shipments in Bulgaria, according to International Data Corp. The small business and small office segments combined for 36 percent of PC shipments, while 12 percent of PCs shipped to the government sector, IDC found.

About 46 percent of all PCs shipped used Intel Corp.'s Celeron processors, the market researcher said.

Reports: Microsoft Subsidiaries to Open Software CenterTwo Microsoft Corp. subsidiaries will invest in a software development center in Plovdiv, the deputy mayor of the city announced recently. The center will employ 80 to 100 programmers who will be paid US$800 to $1,000 monthly.

Microsoft Bulgaria declined to comment on the investment, which was reported by national media outlets.

GPS System Set for Sofia

Public transportation in Sofia will be guided by GPS (Global Positioning System) next year, local officials announced. A tender for selecting the GPS equipment provider will take place by the end of this year. The sole GPS equipment provider in the country so far is GPS Bulgaria, a subsidiary of MobilTel.

Global One Completes Prepaid Net Card ProjectGlobal One Communications Ltd. announced it has completed a project for developing a prepaid card for Internet access. This is the first serious step of the company on the end-user market segment. Such cards are currently sold in Kosovo, where the company also has invested in building Internet cafes for soldiers based there. So far, ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) access points are available only in Sofia. Global One plans to offer through the prepaid cards services for fax-over-IP (Internet Protocol), voice-over-IP and, eventually, unified messaging.

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