Intel has created a wireless, high-speed Internet network in a remote Amazon town for residents to access medical, educational and commercial information for the first time.
The project is part of the Intel World Ahead Programme, an initiative in which Intel plans to invest more than $1bn globally over the next five years to accelerate access to computers, the internet and technology for people in developing communities.
In a statement, Intel said it expects the digital transformation of Parintins, a town on an island in the
Working with the Brazilian government and business and education officials, Intel and its collaborators installed a WiMAX network for a primary healthcare centre, two public schools, a community centre and
‘We’ve been blessed with this project,’ said Parintins Mayor Frank Bi Garcia. ‘We’re really isolated and don’t have the conditions to receive the Internet with cables. So we’re receiving it wireless, from antennas, from satellites. Access to wireless internet is a great pleasure for us. This project will prepare this generation for the future.’
The programme will also include teacher training and a telemedicine course at
The wireless infrastructure includes short-range Wi-Fi radio transmissions and WiMAX, which has an extended transmitting range of up to 30 miles. WiMAX is designed to be a less costly and more efficient way to build wireless computing and communications networks for broadband access.