Intel (INTC) has formally initiated a rural program in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province as part of the company's efforts in carrying out a rural program in the developing countries and regions all over the world.

Intel plans to invest over US$1 billion on the rural program, which involves promoting informationization in the rural areas.

In Guangdong, Intel will help the local government to set up 300 rural community computer centers and 105 digital clinics by the end of 2006. After achieving success in this area, it will gradually popularize the pattern in other regions across China.

In July this year, Intel signed an MOU with China's Ministry of Information Industry, agreeing to push forward the informationization in the cities, rural areas and enterprises of China and invest an initial US$30 million in support of China's rural communications.

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