Satish Jha, president and CEO of OLPC India has announced via IDG that two government organizations and one private-sector entity placed a 250,000 XO laptop order. Apparently, the XO laptops will be distributed to about 1,500 schools, starting in June.
While Satish didn't name any of the sponsors, it looks like the Digital Bridge Foundation, part of Reliance ADA Group, could be the private sector player. Who knows which governmental agencies are involved - Arun Kumar Rath, India's Education Secretary has been dismissive of OLPC in the past with comments like:
"Our primary school children need reading and writing habits, not expensive laptops,"
But don't think comments like that are going to dissuade OLPC India. Satish has his own comments, which denote a much greater ambition than this 250,000 XO laptop order:
"If a country can take 8 million cellular phones a month, they can take 3 million laptops in a year."