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Deal finalised for one million tablets

Mar 23. 2012
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By The Nation

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The government will increase the number of tablets it purchases to a million and they will be bought at US$82 (Bt2,520) apiece, it was decided at a discussion between Thai representatives and the Chinese supplier yesterday.

Executives from Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development met the procurement panel for the government’s One Tablet Per Child project.

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry and Shenzhen Scope are scheduled to sign a contract on April 2.
Earlier, it was reported that the government would purchase only 900,000 units at $81 apiece and that the shipment would be to Laem Chabang Port. However, yesterday both sides agreed that the tablets would be delivered at Suvarnabhumi Airport instead and the price would stand at $82 per unit, panel member Anek Ratpiyapaporn said. 
“The extra $1 is to cover transportation cost,” he said, adding that the budget earmarked for the procurement was about Bt2.46 billion calculated at an exchange rate of Bt30 to the dollar. 
Anek said payments would be made to the supplier on the basis of the number of units delivered to Thailand each time. 
According to him, 2,000 tablets will come in the first lot, which will be used to train teachers. 

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