Acer nets education contract in Sharjah

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By  Published  November 25, 2006

Sharjah Ministry of Finance has agreed a deal with Acer to install over one thousand PCs and monitors in schools across the emirate.

The contract, worth over US$1 million, will see the Taiwanese computer manufacturer deploy 1,200 of its Veriton small form-factor PCs and monitors in about 30 schools next month.

Speaking exclusively to IT Weekly, Acer’s regional corporate sales manager Sanjay Kachroo said the implementation would be done through its local partner NTS, which will also provide hardware support for the next three years.

“Although our deal is with the Ministry of Finance, it is actually the Ministry of Education that will benefit, as these machines will be delivered into classroom labs in 30 schools throughout the emirate,” explained Kachroo.

The agreement with Sharjah Ministry of Finance is the latest in a string of important customer wins Acer has had in the Middle East education sector.

Recent deals include one with the Jordanian Ministry of Education worth an estimated US$9million in which Acer provided around 12,000 PCs — the third major contract the vendor has done with the government body in as many years — and two other contracts with the Oman and Bahrain education ministries worth around US$1.5million each.

“We are the number one education supplier here as far as IT is concerned,” Kachroo added.

The UAE deal with Sharjah Ministry of Finance follows Acer’s high profile US$6million contract with Emirates, announced in June, to provide the airline with a minimum of 21,000 desktop computers over the next three years.

Acer has been extremely focused on increasing its enterprise market share over the last year; a sector that Kachroo believes sits perfectly alongside that of education.

“We’re very strong in the UAE right now, particularly thanks to our recent Emirates airline deal,” he said.

“Now we want to continue and expand more regionally to really improve our market share across the Middle East,” Kachroo added.

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