The alliance, which came about as part of USAID’s Last Mile Initiative, installed WiMAX technology throughout Lao Cai township, enabling residents’ access to cost-efficient broadband internet and VoIP telephone services, while improving the business environment, educational opportunities, and the availability of medical services. In just six months, the alliance brought Internet connectivity to a town with a population of 30,000 and a province of 500,000 people. Intel provided overall project facilitation and technical leadership, funding support for WiMAX equipment procurement and installation, as well as WiMAX training. Intel also designed the complete wireless network and developed documentation of lessons learned and best practices for wider scalability. USAID provided project coordination, monitoring, facilitation and evaluation, resources for end-user hardware and software, support resources for network integration, technical and organizational support for user applications, and services and business/service models. Vietnam Data Communications arranged for the trial license and spectrum allocation, supplied transceiver station sites and backbone connectivity, operated and maintained the WiMAX network, provided end-to-end broadband telephony, and analyzed network services-related data. The success of the partnership’s work in Lao Cai led to the expansion to nearby Ta Van in early 2007. This second phase of the partnership was implemented by IPSTAR. The Ta Van project, from conception to deployment, took only six months, and reinforced the adaptability and scalability of the partnership’s solution.
|Location||East Asia and Pacific, Viet Nam|