The contract will enable the government to meet its target of equipping almost every school in Jordan with access to the internet.

Optimiza has to procure, install and set up some 8,597 computers and other networked devices before the start of the new school year in September.

Education Minister Tayseer al-Nueimi says schools need computers if they are to teach their students the IT skills increasingly sought by private sector employers.

An Optimiza subsidiary, the National Computer Company, has won four contracts from the Education Ministry since 2002.