updated 1/22/2011 10:09:41 AM ET 2011-01-22T15:09:41

Guyana is distributing the first of 90,000 free laptops to high school students and their families in the capital of Georgetown as part of a government program to improve education in poor communities.

President Bharrat Jagdeo says China has promised a loan to help expand the three-year, $30 million program to other regions in the South American country. He did not reveal the amount of the loan or provide other details.

Jagdeo handed out 100 laptops in Georgetown late Friday.

Guyana recently launched a new high-speed Internet service following the installation of a $60 million fiber-optic cable network from Suriname to Guyana.

Another fiber-optic cable planned from Brazil is expected to quadruple connection speed.

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