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Egypt wants to provide university students with 10,000 tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

April 30 2012

The Egyptian government has signed a contract with local PC manufacturer X to provide university students with 10,000 tablets, proving once again that education is one of the most mature markets when it comes down to tablet deployments.

Ah Ahram reports that the tablets will be distributed over a period of six months, with the Ministry of High Education planning to allocate the tablets by who they think will benefit the most from them. No specification and price details on the tablet were announced at the time of going to press, while the manufacturer's name again remains unknown at this time.

The roll-out comes as part of Egypt’s initiative to drive the use of ICT in the education system, with the country hoping that this push will also help boost the local tech industry, offer more job opportunities, and allow local PC manufacturers to compete with international rivals.

This plan follows on from a similar initiative in India, where the government contracted UK-based vendor Datawind to build the 7-inch Aakash tablet for students in the country. However, despite subsidizing the tablet to $35 and hoping to equip millions of students with the low-cost tablet, the scheme has somewhat hit the buffers of late, having been plagued by quality and quantity concerns, as well as a legal dispute.

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