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We have 24 Old OLPCs in Israel, for our pilot! December 18, 2008

Posted by GuySoft in Crictor, Hamakor, ITU, olpc, open source.
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Hello all big news:

B2 OLPC boxes

B2 OLPC boxes

I have in my room, 24 B2 laptops!

Dima (ITU alumnai), Netzach (head of Ilan Ramon Center) and I had a meeting with Peres Center for Peace. To our great surprise, the center had 24 B2 laptops, which were laying there for more than a year without any use (if you are yelling “but why?!” then the quick answer is that none had the technical ability to get them truly working).

So to sum up: the pilot can start! .. but wait, there is a catch.

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Cellphones in Israel – No collaboration on infrastructure leads to bad quality of service December 6, 2008

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Cellphones in Israel - No collaboration on infrastructure leads to bad quality of service

In Israel we have no problem when it comes to cellphone reception, even in deserts you will find that the reception is at full gain. However when the access is antiques, quality and reliability of that access the becomes the really important issue.

Part of a jungle of models

It seems that the service models are quite different around the world, and this seems to directly effect the usage pattern in the country. A common problem in Asia is when one has a monopoly, where a single company is in charge of the cellphone service, usually derived by an agreement with the government. This usually creates dis-connectivity in places where there is a low concentration of people, or remote places that are hard to reach.

Israel is different

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