Intel has promised to invest more than $1bn over the next five years in a programme to speed access to technology and education for people in the world's developing countries.
The chip giant's World Ahead programme, which extends the company's existing initiatives for developing regions, aims to create opportunities for the widespread availability of cheap PCs and access to content.
World Ahead also aims to expand the availability of wireless broadband internet access by encouraging its deployment, including the broad promotion of WiMax trials.
Another key plank in the initiative is to prepare students for the global economy through education programmes and resources, including professional development for teachers worldwide.
"Decades of providing technology in growing volumes and at decreasing costs have driven great gains for developing nations, communities and people worldwide, but there is still much to do," said Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini.
"While the affordability of PCs is crucial, the World Ahead programme goes beyond simple cost to develop the right systems tailored to local needs, drive critical connectivity, cultivate sustainable local capabilities and provide the quality education needed to make a meaningful difference in people's lives."
Intel has also worked with governments in 52 countries to develop "digital inclusion programmes" to make it easier for people in developing nations to purchase or lease PCs. Some 8.5 million PCs were included in these efforts in 2005.
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