Chile’s Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications has revealed that it plans to launch a tender for a USD6.26 million project to provide broadband access for up to 667 rural schools. The winning bidder will be required to install WiMax broadband fixed wireless equipment which has a 60km radius of coverage, thus ensuring that communities around the schools will also benefit from the new connections. Schools in areas where internet penetration is virtually zero will be given the greatest priority, but bidders will also have the option to connect any school in areas where penetration is below 3%. The government expects to announce a winner by late October.
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