PC panel to supply 70,000 units annually

The Department of Finance and Deregulation today said that vendors supplying PCs under a planned desktop panel could have to supply 70,000 computers a year to meet the government's estimated refresh rate.

The Department of Finance and Deregulation today said that vendors supplying PCs under a planned desktop panel could have to supply 70,000 computers a year to meet the government's estimated refresh rate.

Lindsay Tanner

Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner

(Credit: Minister's Office)

The information was issued in an addendum to the desktop tender, which was issued earlier this month. It answered questions from vendors wanting more information on "end of life" computer equipment and an indication of how many units would be needed each year.

"There are approximately 300,000 desktops across the 103 agencies," the department said. "The approximate split is: 85 per cent desktops and 15 per cent laptops."

Details of the age of devices, model numbers and device types were not known, it said.

"Depending on market conditions, hardware life cycles and agency business requirements, it is estimated that 70,000 devices per annum may be acquired under the new arrangement."

To this point, government agencies have been sourcing their needs by an interim panel which the Department of Defence set up, as it couldn't wait for the formal panel to get going. The vendors for that panel were announced recently and included Acer, Data#3, Dell, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard.

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