Intel to Increase Spending on Projects in Emerging Economies
Intel Corporation is the world leader in computing innovation. Now the giant chip maker is targeting emerging economies like Kenya by investing millions of dollars worth of technology projects with an aim of bridging “the digital divide” .
Intel certainly view Kenya as a force in the region if not the continent. Kenya has one of the most vibrant Tech community in Africa and through mostly Mobile, the country is trailblazing is community empowerment using technology.
Intel Kenya Country Manager is Omar Bajaber. He says that mobility and affordable yet high speed broadband access will be the key considerations for consumers in 2011. In that regard, Intel thinks that Kenyans will expect new and affordable devices that would ensure they stay connected.
Intel will be partnering with CCK in realising the affordability of IT products in the market.
Intel was ncorporated in Kenya three years ago and is said to have committed millions of dollars to support successful rollout of e-learning initiatives in East Africa targeted at teachers and students – largely improving the quality of education.
The projects include deployment of networked computers for student and teacher use, training of teachers to effectively integrate technology in the classroom through Intel Teach Program, deployment of wireless infrastructure within schools, providing access to digital educational content and developing of the local ICT industry to promote economic development.
In addition, it has partnered with KIE and Microsoft to establish a School Technology Innovation Centre in Nairobi – a model that has been promoted in other countries. The centre is aimed at research on innovative emerging technology solutions and would serve as a repository and showcase for best-known methods of teaching and learning.