The contract, which is known as ADEPT2, was awarded through a competitive tender and will see Compaq provide the Postal Service with hardware and support services. Under the terms of the agreement, Compaq will provide support to 42,000 Postal Service facilities throughout the US, and other parts of America including Puerto Rico and Guam, and has opened a dedicated toll-free telephone support line for Postal Service managers. Compaq will also provide the Postal Service with hardware based on Intel processors and software from Microsoft.
To meet the procurement requirements of ADEPT2, Compaq has entered into a partnership with IBM to broaden its range of products and services.
ADEPT2 is a follow up to the ADEPT1 contract which Compaq signed with the Postal Service in 1994. Under the ADEPT1 contract, Compaq provided products and services worth more than $1.2bn (£0.83bn), including 32,000 servers, 180,000 desktop PCs, and 50,000 notebooks.
The announcement that Compaq had won the ADEPT2 contract comes as many users have expressed concern regarding Hewlett-Packard's planned $25bn (£17.3bn) acquisition of Compaq and its impact on customers.