SAN FRANCISCO Aiming to accelerate WiMAX wireless broadband deployment in Southeast Asian countries, Intel Corp. Thursday (Sept. 22) announced the Asian Broadband Campaign, an initiative to provide broadband wireless consulting and technical services.
Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) said it plans to work with governments, telecommunications regulators, education, health and agriculture public sector agencies and carriers including True Corp. in Thailand and Telekom Malaysia to help them prepare for and conduct WiMAX trials to test connectivity.
Once broadly deployed, Intel said, the countries hope WiMAX will help them to meet the United Nations Millennium Development goals to eradicate poverty and hunger, expand primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality, combat diseases, ensure environmental sustainability and develop a global partnership for development by 2015.
"The developing countries of Southeast Asia have committed to the United Nations that they will work to meet these objectives," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president of Intel's Mobility Group, in a statement. "Intel believes that technology, and specifically WiMAX, can be one of the foundations to help these countries reach these goals."
As part of the company's Digital ASEAN vision of an integrated region of connected villages, provinces, cities and countries, Intel said it would begin WiMAX trials in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines by the end of 2005. Trials in Indonesia and Vietnam are expected to take place in 2006.
Since late 2004, Intel has consulted with government agencies and service providers on issues including spectrum policy, rural and suburban sustainability modeling, and planning trial deployment strategies, according to the company.