Acer inks major deals with education ministries in ME

Signs agreements with Jordan, Oman & Bahrain

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By  Published  September 22, 2006

Acer Middle East is celebrating a hat-trick of deals in the education sector with the firm having wrapped up deals with three separate Arab Ministries of Education (MoE), which will see a total of more than 16,000 desktop units delivered before the end of October 2006.

The deals are worth more than US$15 million between them, the firm said.

The largest deal, which IT Weekly reported on exclusively in July, is a US$12 million tender from the Jordanian MoE. This led to the provision of 12,000 ‘Veriton’ Desktops with Acer also providing a pre-tender consultancy role to the Ministry.

Acer is working with its local partner in Jordan, CEB, to install the computers in schools across the country (see IT Weekly 1- 7 July 2006).

The deal means that Acer has supplied the ministry with over 30,000 PCs in the past three years. “Every account is important for us, but this one, winning it three years running, is a real success,” said Philip Ashkar, Acer Middle East sales and marketing manager.

Acer said this month that it has also concluded significant deals with the MoEs in the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Bahrain, each to a value of more than US$1.5million.

“We are exceptionally pleased to have consolidated our leadership in the Middle East’s education sector and to have the confidence of many Arab governments to facilitate for them such solutions that support thefuture and long-term growth of their education systems,” said Sanjay Kachroo, business development manager, desktops, for Acer Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“As requirements in the education sector increasingly come to rely on modern IT equipment and infrastructure, it is not simply a case of which vendor can provide a certain number of PC units. It is more about which company can truly understand, feel and participate in the growth of a country’s education system,” he added.

In related news, Acer also announced that it has cemented another longstanding relationship with the UAE’s Sharjah University — an order of 1,200 PCs to the value of around US$1million was also concluded this monthm, the firm said.

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