The ACT Department of Education and Training
has selected Australian assembler Optima as its exclusive supplier of
personal computing hardware and services for the next four years.
The signing of the contract follows an evaluation of responses to a Department tender in December
which called for the supply of personal computers, notebooks and peripherals for
3,500 teaching staff across 95 schools and colleges.
Optima said it would supply AU$8 million worth of equipment for
the Department's Computers for Teaching program under the contract.
In addition, there was potential for another AU$7 million
worth of business by supplying schools with hardware during the four
years, according to the vendor.
Project management services have already begun for the
contract, with the delivery of computer systems to begin
Optima said it would open a satellite office in Canberra to
support the contract and hire new staff.