Intel will spend $1 billion over the next five years with its World Ahead Program to help close the digital divide between developed and developing nations. Though Intel previously tested WiMAX in developing countries, the Parintins linkup is the first full-fledged installation under the program since it was announced in May.
Intel chairman Craig Barrett traveled to an isolated Amazon River island city on Wednesday to launch wireless Internet access with the company's WiMAX technology, using a satellite link to beam bandwidth to a place where even electricity is hard to come by.
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