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Tassie hardware tender winners announced

The Tasmanian Government has announced the vendors and resellers included in its C150 hardware tender, estimated by a government spokesperson to be worth $20 million per annum over the next three years. The contract certifies hardware vendors and their nominated resellers to supply computers and printers to Tasmanian Government agencies. The vendors making the list are: Acer, Apple, Computer Trader, Dell, Epson, HP, HDS, Hypertronics, IBM, Ipex, Iris Computing, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Micro-Tech, Omega, Optima, Sun and Toshiba. The resellers nominated by the successful vendors are: Alphawest, ComputerLand, Comstra, Computer Trader, Hypertronics, Information Solution Works, Iris Computing, LogicaCMG, Micro-Tech, Omega, The Mac Shop, TOPS Office and Business Systems and Wise IT. The contract runs until the end of December 2006.

Acer’s Q4 notebook shipments soar

Bolstered by strong growth in European sales, Acer saw global shipments of notebook computers hit record levels during the last quarter of 2003. The company shipped 970,000 notebooks during the fourth quarter, up almost 100 per cent on the same period last year. Market analyst, IDC, ranked Acer as the number two notebook vendor in Europe during the third quarter of 2003. Worldwide, Acer came in at number five but was ranked eighth in the important US market during the third quarter, IDC said. Acer said it planned to focus on building its notebook market share in China and the US in 2004 through aggressive pricing, which would include the first sub-$US1000 notebook based on Intel’s Centrino platform.


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