North Carolina School Embraces SIMtone to Deliver Virtual Desktops to 600 Students

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SIMtone Corporation announced that a North Carolina school is piloting its cloud computing platform to deliver low-cost, virtual desktops to hundreds of students and faculty. The pilot is part of the SIMtone Education Thunder Program which aims to help close the digital divide and provide access to full PCs in the cloud to the estimated five billion people who cannot afford it, without requiring them to own a computer. The program educational content is provided by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF), and is open to technology and connectivity sponsors worldwide.

The low-cost and ubiquitous access to real PCs enabled by SIMtone allows us to reach students with our education material on an unprecedented scale and offer them programs that grow with them and stay with them throughout their entire curricula. It's their PC for life, always on, always available, everywhere they are.

SIMtone Corporation, a privately held company delivering the next cloud computing paradigm, today announced that a North Carolina school is piloting its cloud computing platform to deliver low-cost, virtual desktops to hundreds of students and faculty. The pilot is part of the SIMtone Education Thunder Program which aims to help close the digital divide and provide access to full PCs in the cloud to the estimated five billion people who cannot afford it, without requiring them to own a computer. The program educational content is provided by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (USF), and is open to technology and connectivity sponsors worldwide.

Frank Porter Graham Elementary School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina will use SIMtone's Universal Cloud Computing products to provide approximately 600 students and faculty with "PCs in the Cloud" usable everywhere without a computer. Frank Porter Graham is part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District which is recognized for its academic excellence and is consistently ranked as one of the top school districts in the United States. The pilot is being launched during the current fall 2008 semester. SIMtone has also identified other schools and institutions to expand the Education Thunder Program on a national and global scale.

"Our school wants to equip each student with the most advanced computing environment necessary today to effectively study, learn and access all the digital courseware and teaching tools available. Asking each student to purchase and maintain their own PC is impossible, just as it is impossible for the school to ensure each student's PC is up to date and has all the latest courseware. SIMtone eliminates all these complexities and costs, and allows our school to deliver to each student a real 'PC in the Cloud,' fully maintained by the school itself, that is always available to our students on-demand and on-the-fly, in class, in the library and at home, without requiring them to purchase yet another PC," said Shelia Burnette, Principal of the Frank Porter Graham School.

"Through TeachUNICEF, we are empowering students to be active global citizens in learning about UNICEF's mission to do whatever it takes to save and improves children's lives worldwide. Therefore, we are quite excited about this opportunity to take the lead in accelerating the closure of the digital divide," said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "The low-cost and ubiquitous access to real PCs enabled by SIMtone allows us to reach students with our education material on an unprecedented scale and offer them programs that grow with them and stay with them throughout their entire curricula. It's their PC for life, always on, always available, everywhere they are."

The SIMtone Education Thunder Program aims to provide students with their own, school-managed, SIMtone-powered PC in the cloud, containing their own coursework, homework, school services, personal files and TeachUNICEF education materials.

"We are delighted to be working with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on this important initiative. We are proving once again that technology is quickly and dramatically changing the face of philanthropic initiatives," stated Mario Dal Canto, Chairman of the Board and CEO of SIMtone Corporation. "Cloud computing and virtualization technology offer exceptional opportunities for the technology and the telecommunication industry to give educational institutions and students in both developed and emerging markets, the vital computing tools necessary to close the gap and eliminate the digital divide. We look forward to working with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and other organizations to expand the SIMtone Education Thunder program and allow many more schools worldwide to follow the visionary steps of Frank Porter Graham School."

SIMtone's Universal Cloud Computing Platform simplifies the delivery of virtual desktops and other cloud services to users, without requiring them to own a PC. With SIMtone, educational institutions at all levels can avoid the up-front expenditures needed to purchase computers, as well as the infrastructure required to support them. Since SIMtone enables simple, on-demand access to PCs hosted in the cloud, children of all education levels can use it from anywhere there is a broadband connection - at home, the library, and classroom.

SIMtone's carrier-grade Universal Cloud Computing software consists of three core components - a Universal Service Provisioning platform, the Virtual Service Platform, and a series of zero-touch terminals called SNAPs. Together, these components provide network operators and their business customers with a complete platform to quickly build and ubiquitously deliver highly scalable, secure and very low-cost cloud computing services such as virtual desktops, DaaS, SaaS applications, and other Web services to anyone, anywhere, on-demand and on-the-fly.

About UNICEF
For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in over 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources and reach to give children the best hope of survival. For more information about UNICEF, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org.

About Frank Porter Graham School
Frank Porter Graham Elementary is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District which is recognized for its academic excellence and is consistently ranked as one of the top school districts in the United States. For more information: http://www2.chccs.k12.nc.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=30053

About SIMtone Corporation
The SIMtone Corporation makes Cloud Computing universally simple. The company has developed and commercialized the patented SIMtone Universal Cloud Computing Platform that allows network operators and businesses to host, manage and quickly provision any Cloud-hosted services, and ubiquitously deliver them to zero-touch terminals that can be standalone, low cost hardware appliances, or software terminals usable via browsers or on PCs, thin clients and mobile devices. With the SIMtone, Cloud services such as virtual desktops, DaaS/SaaS, PC Remote Access or Web services, are simple and very inexpensive to host and manage for businesses and providers, and become usable without a computer, on-demand and on-the-fly, simply and safely, by everyone, everywhere. SIMtone Corporation's North American headquarters are based in Durham, North Carolina and SIMtone International headquarters are based in Vevey, Switzerland. SIMtone is a privately-held company backed by Motorola Ventures, Brightstar Corporation and Kodiak Venture Partners. For more information: http://www.SIMtone.net.

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