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  • 22 May 2006 10:49

Optima selected as sole supplier for ACT Department of Education and Training

SYDNEY, Australia – Optima Technology Solutions (ASX:OPI), the leading Australian computer manufacturer, has been selected as the exclusive supplier of hardware and services to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Department of Education and Training.

In a contract potentially worth $15 million over the next four years, Optima has been contracted to supply the ACT Department of Education and Training with PCs, notebooks and nominated peripherals for 3,500 full-time teaching staff and 95 primary and secondary schools and colleges.

Up to $8 million worth of equipment will be supplied by Optima for the Computers for Teaching program. In addition, up to a further $7 million may be spent on supplying schools with computer hardware over the four-year contract. Optima will also provide comprehensive installation, rubbish removal and support services which will be delivered in line with Optima’s superior service level agreement.

Optima secured the contract following a request for tender issued in December 2005 and will assist the Department in advancing priorities for schools and teachers and developing the ICT knowledge base. To further enhance the knowledge base, the contract will provide the Department with the opportunity to access specific technology training sessions and technology trend seminars.

This contract will have a significant impact on Optima’s opportunities in the ACT market,” said Leonie Visser, National Education Manager, Optima. “Optima Technology Solutions is now one of the most prominent suppliers of computer hardware and support services to the education sector, and currently holds contracts in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory and ACT.”

Project management services are already underway, with the delivery of computer systems to commence shortly.

To support the four-year contract, Optima will open a satellite office in Canberra. Optima has already begun planning for this expansion, with advertisements for local staff due to appear over the coming weeks.

The units selected for supply will be highly customised during the manufacturing process to meet the specific requirements of teachers and students.

About Optima Technology Solutions

Founded in 1989, Optima has grown to become the largest Australian manufacturer of notebooks, desktop personal computers and servers. Headquartered in Sydney, with branch offices in Melbourne and Brisbane, Optima is ideally placed by size and strength to promptly supply and actively support customers through a nationwide supply and service network.

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