Mexican billionaire backs up One Laptop Per child project

The first real-life deployment of OLPC took place on Saturday 1st of December in Uruguay as part of the Proyecto Ceibal scheme, a presidential initiative to equip each Uruguyean child with a laptop.

The day before, the Peruvian government signed a contract to purchase 260,000 laptops for nearly USD 49 million with 50,000 additional laptops purchased by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim for his fellow citizens.

To make up for disappointing sales and growing competition, Negroponte has devised a buy one give one free project which, until now, has been a runaway success, bringing in USD 2 million worth of orders every day since it was launched on the 12th of November.

The BOGO scheme has provided nearly 100,000 free laptops to children worldwide and it has been extended to the 31st of December 2007.

T-Mobile has also been recruited to provide with a free one year complimentary T-Mobile Hotspot access in the US which is worth USD 350 on its own.

The OLPC has had a number of setbacks recently as the project was hit by a double whammy of lawsuit - initiated by a Nigerian firm - and failed order confirmations from Governments like Libya or Nigeria who originally gave their backing to the project.