Optima inks $15 million ACT deal

In a contract estimated to be worth $15 million over the next four years, Optima Technology Solutions has been named as the hardware and services supplier for the ACT's Department of Education and Training.

The contract covers PCs, notebooks and peripherals for 3500 full-time teaching staff and 95 primary and secondary schools and colleges.

Up to $8 million worth of equipment will be supplied for the Computers for Teaching program alone.

This is in addition to a further $7 million of computer hardware to supply ACT schools over four years.

Optima secured the contract following a request for tender issued in December 2005.

The aim is to assist the department in its goal of developing an ICT knowledge base for schools and teachers in the nation's capital.

The contract also includes specific technology training sessions and technology trend seminars.

The company's national education manager, Leonie Visser, said this contract will have a significant impact on future opportunities for Optima in the ACT market.

Project management services are already under way, with the delivery of computer systems to start shortly.

To support the four-year contract, Optima will open a satellite office in Canberra and is advertising now for staff.

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