Intel Unveils WiMax Network in Rural Egypt
Working with Egypt's government, business and education leaders, Intel Corp. has installed a WiMax network to connect two public schools, a health care center on wheels, a municipal building and an e-government services kiosk in rural Oseem, Egypt. Intel also donated and installed computers in the mobile health center and PC labs at the two schools, the company said.
"The next billion Internet users will be from rural areas like Oseem," Intel Chairman Craig Barrett said in a statement. The company announced earlier this year an initiative aimed at bringing PCs to developing countries, in an effort to promote the use of technology in rapidly growing regions of the world.
According to Intel, the WiMax wireless infrastructure in Oseem has an extended transmitting range of up to 30 kilometers. Intel's platform development center in Cairo contributed to the development of the computers in the e-government kiosks and schools. In addition, Intel said, the PCs were designed to operate in hot climates such as Upper Egypt. The community PCs used in the kiosks can connect to car batteries for power and have dust filters that are easily removed for cleaning. The PCs used in the schools are designed for first-time computer users and are equipped with Arabic software, Intel said.
And the company is not stopping there: Intel also pledged to donate 8,000 PCs to Egypt's schools. Intel also plans to train 650,000 teachers in Egypt by 2010 on how to apply technology to enhance classroom learning, with 54,000 teachers trained to date, the company said.
One of the foremost cheerleaders of the WiMax standard, earlier this month Intel announced the completion of its first mobile WiMax baseband chip. Intel has also undertaken a similar initiative to deploy WiMax in southeast Asia.