Compaq to Launch iPaq for LatAm in April

MIAMI (03/21/2000) - The rapid growth of Internet use among Latin American companies has prompted Compaq Computer Corp. to launch its iPaq Internet-access device in the region, as well as a business unit devoted to the ASP (application service provider) market, Compaq executives announced today at Microsoft Corp.'s Latin America Enterprise Solutions Conference 2000 during a press conference here.

The iPaq, whose price begins at US$499, not including local country tariffs and custom surcharges, is a device designed to let users at mid-sized and large companies access the Internet, said Enrico Pesatori, Compaq's senior vice president and general manager of the enterprise service and solutions group.

The product will begin shipping in Latin America in April. Compaq unveiled iPaq in the U.S. in November of last year. [See "Compaq Takes Wraps off $499 Internet Device," Nov. 10, 1999.]As it is doing worldwide, Compaq will target ASPs in Latin America with an offering of products, services, financing options and marketing programs because the vendor believes this market will grow very fast in the region, Pesatori said.

Compaq also announced the availability in Latin America of its PilotPAQ program, designed to help companies migrate to Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows 2000, executives said. The program features services, support and training and hardware, and it's provided by Microsoft, Compaq and its partners, executives said.

Compaq, in Houston, Texas, can be reached at http://www.compaq.com/.

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