Dell’s Japan unit, Dell KK, has received a major PC order from the Japan Defense Agency, it said Thursday.
The order, which is the largest in the company’s 17-year history in Japan, is for at least 56,000 personal computers, said Keiichiro Araihara, a spokesman for the company. Under the terms of the contract, Dell will supply at least 32,000 Optiplex desktop PCs and 24,000 Inspiron PCs before the end of September, he said.
The computers will be used by Japan’s Air, Land and Sea Self Defense Forces, Dell said.
The deal is important not only because of its size, but also because it represents the first order of such magnitude that the U.S.-headquartered company has received from the Japanese government. Large government orders typically go to major domestic vendors such as Fujitsu, NEC or Hitachi.
A value of the deal was not disclosed.
-Martyn Williams, IDG News Service
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