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Intel advancing wireless technology in China
Posted: 09-Jun-2004 [Source: Intel]

[Intel announces agreement to deliver broadband wireless capabilities to the Chinese citites of Dalian and Chengdu.]

Dalian, China -- Intel Corporation Vice President and the General Manager of Sales and Marketing Group Asia Pacific region John Antone today announced agreements with the Dalian and Chengdu municipal governments to install innovative new technologies for delivering broadband wireless capabilities to the Chinese cities.

The memoranda of understanding (MOU) outline plans to deploy network infrastructure to take advantage of next-generation WiMAX* broadband wireless technology (also known as 802.16), which provides a wireless alternative for last-mile broadband connectivity to businesses and homes. Antone made the announcement during a visit here today. Specific terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

"Technology and Internet adoption continues to transform how business is conducted and how consumers communicate and manage information worldwide," said Antone. "By investing in advanced technologies and IT infrastructure, Dalian and Chengdu have the opportunity to lead the adoption of new broadband wireless technology. By bringing this capability to business and consumers, these cities will be able to enhance their competitive advantage through creative use of technology in an expanding global economy."

"Dalian is pleased to work with Intel to become one of the first cities in China to adopt and deploy leading-edge information technology and build the city's business competitiveness and long-term growth," said Dalian Vice Mayor Dai Yulin.

Dalian, a port city in China's northeast region, has a population of 5.9 million and is an important center for industry, trade and finance for the region. Dalian continues to develop its IT infrastructure and software industry.

"The Chengdu municipal government believes the use of technology is vitally important to the future economic growth of our region," said Chengdu Vice Mayor Hao Kangli. "Wireless technology in particular will help bring increased productivity while reducing overall infrastructure costs."

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province and covers 12,390 square kilometers with a population of more than 10 million. Chengdu is not only an important hub for the southwest region in the area of commerce and trade but with more than 20 universities Chengdu continues to build a strong foundation in R&D research facilities and personnel.

"Digital technology, the expansion of wireless networking and the convergence of computing and communications will continue to enhance the way business is transacted, allow access to new markets and boost commerce globally," said Antone. "Today's announcements represent one step toward providing the broadband wireless technologies that will be essential to helping expand Internet access in China."

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