Nortel Bankruptcy Hurts Laptop Program

One of the victims of Nortel’s financial struggles is the One Laptop Per Child program, which aimed to provide children in less developed countries with low-cost, low-power laptops that would connect to the Internet.

Nortel signed on as a major partner in late-2005 but its involvement came to abrupt halt last November when the company pulled out.

“As part of cost-cutting programs taking place across the company, Nortel decided to end its corporate sponsorship of the OLPC”,Nortel spokeswoman Jamie Moody told Embassy magazine. “While this was a difficult decision, it was necessary to help position Nortel to be a more focused, financially sound and competitive company.”

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