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Mobile broadband services are changing lives in the Amazon rainforest, it has been reported.

According to the BBC, 3G connectivity has helped establish new lines of communication with some of Brazil's most remote communities.

Around 170 villages in and around the Amazon jungle now have GSM and 3G connectivity - not only facilitating external communication but also education.

With charities donating laptops to schools in the region, children are gaining their first exposure to the internet and online learning tools.

Ericsson - which has donated the two masts for this project - believes internet access in the jungle could support learning for up to 25 million people.

"We are trying to remove the complexity of other systems and provide the cloud computing for education systems," said Sergio Lopez Ramos, Project Manager at Ericsson Connect to Learn.

Local charity Health and Happiness claims that providing broadband access in the region will not have an adverse effect on Amazonian culture.

Rather than changing traditions, it says mobile broadband allows local people to show the world who they are and learn ways to make their lives better.

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