Datacom has won a contract to deliver 15,000 Acer Spin 11 Chromebooks to Australian Capital Territory (ACT) schools as part of a plan by ACT Education Minister, Yvette Berry, to modernise the Territory's schools.
The deal represents part of the ACT Government's $17.2 million commitment from the 2017/18 Budget to ensure that every public high school and college student has access to a device.
As reported by the Canberra Times, the students are expected to have their own devices by the 2019 school year.
With a purchase price of around $559, the contract could be valued at approximately $8.3 million.
The contract also included associated deliver and support services, all to be delivered by Datacom.
Acer attributed the win to its product, previous experience delivering to educations systems in the country as well as its partnership with Datacom.
This specific model is rugged and convertible. According to Acer, the model, which was developed focused on US military standards, is specialised to handle impact, withstanding drops from 122cm and 330ml of spilled water and channels liquid away from important components.
Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is fitted with two Acer HD wide view HDR webcams and includes a Wacom EMR stylus.
Datacom previously announced that it is investing $45 million to expand its data centres.
Datacom Data Centres will increase rack capacity by 40 per cent. Upgrades to Datacom's Gloucester (Christchurch), Abel (Wellington), Orbit (Auckland) and Kapua (Hamilton) data centres are scheduled to be completed in the 2017/2018 financial year.
The project will also add more than 2MW of power capacity nationally and all four data centres will deliver Tier-3 services.
“This is the most significant upgrade of Datacom’s data centres since they were built, and a direct response to insatiable demand from our customers," Datacom Data Centres director, Tom Jacob, said. "This is a massive project that will see our already world-class, earthquake resilient sites expanded and enhanced."
Sales grew from NZ$1.05 billion to NZ$1.16 billion while profit after tax also moved ahead strongly from NZ$27.2 million to NZ$43.7 million.
During the year, the company merged the Australian and New Zealand systems businesses under one leadership team, a move replicated for its trans-Tasman data centre businesses.