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Mexican billionaire backs up One Laptop Per child project

The first real-life deployment of OLPC took place (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.