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Anil Ambani's R-ADAG joins OLPC project

12 October, 2007

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has received a boost with the Anil Ambani-owned R-ADAG (Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group) joining hands with Nicholas Negroponte, former director of the MIT Media Lab, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), to provide the initiative with internet connectivity.

The announcement came soon after the launch of the OLPC laptop on October 14, 2007. With the new development, now users can experience the internet service, network backbone, and logistics by R-ADAG. The pilot service of the laptop would be Khairat, a tribal village near the Mumbai suburbs.

The OLPC XO laptop that actually costs $188 will be available in India for Rs. 8800. The OLPC group thinks that the price will come down drastically in a few years time. It is expected that by March 2008, the OLPC Foundation supported with the Reliance network aims to cover more than 25,000 towns and 60,000 villages in the country.

A report said that the Linux-based laptop has the ability to consume just around 2 watts and comes with 1GB of flash drive. A built-in camera, multi-media, sun readable capabilities, and option to power the laptop through alternative sources of energy are added features.

The system is expected to be put in place by bringing together government agencies, NGOs, content developers, translators, teaching community, and
project managers to create successful ecosystems. The OLPC programmed has been designed in such a way that it would be application-oriented and the laptops would be water-proof and almost unbreakable.




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