Jordan schools go online

Jordan Telecom has begun an ambitious programme to connect all of the nation's 3060 schools to the internet. CEO Pierre Mattei says it is a huge opportunity for King Abdullah to make his mark on the country.

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By  David Cass Published  June 4, 2002

Jordan has begun an ambitious programme of internet connections which will see over three thousand schools connected and an increase in bandwidth at Amman University within the next fifteen months.

The project is being carried out by Jordan Telecom. Chief Executive Pierre Mattei said the target is to connect 500 schools by September and then 200 schools per month. Each will have twenty PCs, bringing the total of installations to more than 60,000 units.

Mattei says any village with a population of more than 300 would have a school. In the bigger units the PCs would be housed in IT laboratories and in smaller schools, one per class. The cabling which makes it possible began in southern Jordan two years ago and is now almost complete.

Bringing computer technology into schools, particularly in rural areas, is a priority for Jordan’s young King Abdullah. He is also enthusiastic about Jordan Telecom’s “internet bus”, which is equipped with 20 work stations and connects to the www via a V-sat dish. Says Mattei, “It is very exciting to see the internet in rural areas,” adding, “It is a huge opportunity for His Majesty to make his mark because in the rural areas we are starting from nothing.”

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