Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, in partnership with TELGUA, a subsidiary of America Movil; the Guatemalan Ministry of Education; Fundacion Sergio A. Paiz Andrade (FunSEPA); and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its public-private partnerships program called Alianzas, today announced it will provide CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO service and devices, enabling high-speed wireless connectivity, to underprivileged schools in Guatemala as part of its global Wireless Reach™ initiative. This project supports the Ministry of Education's “Schools of the Future” program, which focuses on improving education through intensive teacher training, community involvement, advanced technology integration into a pedagogic model and enhanced school infrastructure.
Qualcomm and its partners will provide 17 computers with EV-DO wireless modems and training for each of the 15 rural schools within the regions of Alta Verapaz, Escuintla, Peten and San Marcos. In the coming months, the partners will continue to identify additional schools to participate in this project, with the goal of bringing the total number to 20 schools within two years.
To celebrate the launch of this initiative, the President of Guatemala, Oscar Berger, will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Escuela Los Lirios in the region of Escuintla, the first school to launch the new technology.
“We are proud to work with our partners and help support the Guatemalan government with their 'Schools of the Future' program, as we believe access to advanced wireless technology helps improve lives and education,” said Jeff Jacobs, executive vice president and president of global development for Qualcomm. “Our Wireless Reach initiative in Guatemala will provide much-needed education resources to help strengthen economic and social development in the region and we look forward to seeing the positive results of this partnership.”
“With this donation, TELGUA once again shows its commitment to serve and benefit the general public. This is another example of our support of the Ministry of Education's policies to increase and enhance education in Guatemala,” said Enrique Castellanos, commercial and public relations director, TELGUA. “We are excited that this project will enable thousands of Guatemalan students to be exposed to advanced wireless technology.”
“A critical element of our 'Schools of the Future' program is to improve and support education in Guatemala by implementing new innovative teaching models, as well as integrating information technologies and communication into schools. This project is in line with our strategic vision for technology and education for all by the year 2012,” said Maria del Carmen Aceña, minister of education. “We are honored to count on the support of these partners to bring the latest technology and services to Guatemalan students.”
“Our partnership with Qualcomm, USAID, the Ministry of Education and TELGUA will help make Internet access in the classroom an integral part of the teaching and learning process,” said Salvador Paiz, president and CEO, Fundacion Sergio A. Paiz Andrade. “This not only allows children to learn about the abundant tools available online, but also will help teach them to implement these tools, which will be fundamental in any profession they choose in the future.”
“USAID is dedicated to supporting social investment in Guatemala, specifically in health and education, as the foundation to well-being and peace,” said Wayne Nilsestuen, USAID mission director. “We are excited to help expand access to education and technology though this partnership, furthering our commitment to the people of Guatemala.”
Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless voice and data services improves people's lives. The Company's Wireless Reach initiative supports programs and solutions that bring the benefits of connectivity to developing communities globally. By working with its partners, Wireless Reach projects create new ways for people to communicate, learn, access healthcare and reach global markets.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2006 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
On November 18, 1996, the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala approved the General Law of Telecommunications, which contains the regulative frame, establishing the elements for the opening of the market of telecommunication services in Guatemala and also allowing the privatization of the assets of the state-owned company, Empresa Guatemalteca de Telecomunicaciones - GUATEL - whose assets were used to form the new company - TELGUA.
In October 1998, the sale of TELGUA's shares was concluded, and from the beginning it relied on Telmex's expertise in the business of telecommunications services. In the year 2000, TELGUA became a subsidiary of the newly formed América Móvil. América Móvil is the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of December 31, 2006, it had 124.8 million wireless subscribers and 2.9 million fixed wire lines in the Americas.
FunSEPA (Fundacion Sergio Paiz Andrade) contributes to the social and economic development of Guatemala, using technology as a tool for education. Since August 2005, FunSEPA has enabled 172 computing centers, delivering 1,900 computers and benefiting more than 51,000 students in Guatemala. FunSEPA's projects include TECNOLOGIA PARA EDUCAR and REDONDEO POR LA EDUCACION, as well as other initiatives that aim to benefit and better the quality of education in Guatemala.
About the Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education of Guatemala is inspired by its children and young people, and works to allow them to dream and to achieve their dreams. Of the Ministry's five main goals, the integration of technology into education works towards achieving educational reform in the classroom and education for a competitive world. The vision for the year 2012 is for every Guatemalan teacher and student to have individual access to a computer and the Internet, as a means to improve their education and thus the country's development.
USAID was founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy as a federal agency providing financing and technical assistance to support development initiatives in more than 80 countries worldwide. For more than 40 years, USAID programs have contributed to bettering the lives of people that find themselves in situations of poverty and vulnerability. Its programs have also dealt with global topics, such as environment conservation, climate change, and HIV/AIDS, which affect all of earth's population. In Guatemala, USAID works with both governmental/non-governmental organizations to identify, promote and execute reform and programs that achieve that all Guatemalans - men, women, and children - enjoy the benefits of democracy, economic growth and health and education services.
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