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Low-cost 3G service urged

Higher usage rate can lift GDP by 11%

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Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is urging the Thai government to offer a low-cost prepaid mobile third-generation internet service to low-income people to help close the digital divide. 

While Thailand's household broadband penetration rate is expected to reach 22% this year, the government's effort could almost double the rate to 40% by 2015, said Carlos Martinez, director at Intel World Ahead Group, a business unit of Intel.

The higher rate could increase the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 11% in three years, creating economic growth worth US$38 billion, he said.

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