Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Computer Aid launch 5G and edge computing program for rural hubs

Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Computer Aid launch 5G and edge computing program for rural hubs

Dell, Intel, and Microsoft in conjunction with non-profit Computer Aid, launched a program to extend 5G and edge computing services for rural hubs to increase access to education, healthcare, technology, and workforce skills.

The program, spearheaded by Dell, is named the Solar Community Hubs, and evolves beyond the Solar Learning Labs program that was dedicated to technology access for education. The planned 25 solar-powered hubs located on three continents will use Dell-enabled solutions to offer 5G, edge computing, and other services. With the goal of achieving sustainability and basic needs, they will have access to water, electricity, healthcare, and resources for environmental preservation.

“By working together with the community of Boa Esperança Dell Technologies, Intel, Microsoft and FAS, we’re creating a model for a sustainable community that is preserving the Amazon,” says Alejandro Espinosa Llano, Solar Community Hub Program Manager at Computer Aid International. “The Solar Community Hub will provide the much-needed access to technology and telemedicine that these true conservation heroes deserve, reducing inequalities and enabling them to reap the benefits of technology. It’s a small contribution to a commitment to a better world for all.”

The first of the Solar Community Hubs was recently opened in Boa Esperanca, Brazil with the intent of serving a dozen riverside communities and indigenous tribes in the Amazon rainforest and reducing deforestation through community building.

The hubs will also provide technical skills training, entrepreneurship support, education and career guidance, and revenue-generating services for job creation and financial sustainability. “This project is benefiting many young people with the opportunity to participate in higher education and vocational courses and preparing them for the job market,” says Luziete Mar Hipy, director of the Boa Esperança Solar Community Hub.

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