NEW DELHI, March 29, 2006 — Intel Corporation today officially launched an innovative PC platform that has been developed exclusively to meet the needs of rural villages and communities in India. Designed as a result of defining locally relevant computing solutions based on Intel technology, the Intel-powered ‘Community PC’ platform is equipped to operate in a community setting while accommodating the varying environmental conditions prevalent in the country.
With an objective to bridge the urban-rural divide, today Intel also announced its ‘Jagruti’ (‘Awakening’) initiative designed to provide rural communities in India with greater economic and social opportunities. By collaborating with leaders in business, government, education, online services and Internet service providers, Intel’s Jagruti program will support the spread of rural Internet ‘kiosks’ based on the new Intel-powered Community PC. These kiosks will help accelerate access to the benefits of information and communications technologies (ICT) in villages across India.