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December 14, 2010

Qualcomm Announces Wireless Reach 3G Connected Computer Classroom Project in China

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Qualcomm, a dealer in advanced wireless voice and data services, announced the Wireless Reach 3G Connected Computer Classroom Project in Jishishan county, Linxia prefecture, Gansu province, China through its Wireless Reach Initiative.

Other prominent partners of the project include the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council (OCAO), the Chinese Language and Cultural Education Foundation (CLCEF) and China Telecom's (News - Alert) Gansu Bureau Linxia Branch.

According to the company, Jishishan's remote location, high altitude, extreme weather and lack of resources slowed industrial and agricultural development in the province. By recognizing this need, Qualcomm (News - Alert) and its project partners chose Gansu Province to establish Wireless Reach's third 3G Connected Computer Classroom Project.

China Telecom's 3G EV-DO wireless network will be used for this to building seven computer classrooms, which include computers, EV-DO data cards, related software and Internet service, in four local schools. This project targets to boost local economic and social development by improving access to the education. The 3G Connected Computer Classroom Project in Gansu is said to have received strong support from the OCAO, CLCEF's superior unit and the local government.

"Qualcomm is committed to the persistent exploration and application of leading wireless technologies to improve people's lives," said Jing Wang, executive vice president of Qualcomm Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, in a press release. "We believe 3G wireless technology will reduce the digital divide and drive the development of education in China's underserved areas like Gansu, enhancing the education level and boosting opportunities for the community."

Li Haifeng, minister of the OCAO said that Wireless Reach initiative innovatively enhances education in China's remote areas by building wireless platforms that widen the perspectives of teachers and students, improve education and help alleviate poverty. The OCAO believes to collaborate with more multinational companies with strong corporate social responsibility programs, like Qualcomm, to further improve China's economic and social development.

Lei Zhengang, general secretary of the Chinese Language and Cultural Education Foundation, added that Jishishan County in Gansu province is a key county for progress in national poverty alleviation and has been identified by OCAO as one in need of continued assistance.

The Foundation is collaborating with Qualcomm and China Telecom Gansu Bureau Linxia Branch to support this project because of their organizational goal of promoting Chinese culture aligns well with the project. Qualcomm's donation to Jishishan County accelerates local cultural and educational development, which is very commendable and sincerely appreciated.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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