Intel WiMAX Effort Brings Internet to the Amazon
As part of its Intel World Ahead Program, an iniative that aims to bring access to computers, the internet, and technology to people in developing countries, the small town of Parintins on an island in the Amazon River was outfitted with a state-of-the-art WiMAX network.
A crowd of students cheer on the installation of an antenna on the Lila Maia School’s roof in Parintins, Brazil. The antenna receives high-speed wireless signals, providing Internet access to the school’s first computer lab.
The network, a hybrid of WiFi and WiMAX, connects the town’s primary healthcare center, two public schools, community center, and Amazon University with the outside world. Intel also dontaed telemedicine equipment and computer labs to the healthcare center and schools.
Twenty-four teachers in Parintins, Brazil, learn how to use technology to enhance classroom learning. The teachers work at two local schools that were recently equipped with their first computers labs.
In a dedication ceremony in the Amazon rain forest Intel Chairman Craig Barrett siad “Technology has expanded what is possible in Parintins. It is now a place where wireless broadband links to the Internet bring the expertise of specialists, sophisticated medical imaging and the world’s libraries to a community reachable only by airplane or boat.”
For developing and remote regions, WiMAX provides a more rapid and less costly method to deploy internet and communications networks. Intel’s effort in Parintins was also supported by Cisco, CPqD, Embratel, Proxim and the Bradesco Foundation, as well as Amazonas State University, Amazonas Federal University and S o Paulo University.
The Intel World Ahead Program plans to spend $US 1 billion over the next 5 years connecting isolated communities in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to the world . Read more…