Xplore Technologies wins major US telecoms deal for rugged tablet

Telecoms provider to deploy Xplore’s fully-rugged Bobcat Windows-based tablet for its field service technicians

Xplore Technologies wins major US telecoms deal for rugged tablet

Xplore Technologies, the ultra- and fully-rugged tablet manufacturer, has announced that it has received more than $6m (£3.7m) in purchase orders for the deployment of its fully-rugged Bobcat Windows tablet.

The tablets will be used by field service technicians working for a major US telecommunications provider’s construction and engineering divisions. Xplore has not revealed the telecoms provider’s name.

“This order reaffirms Xplore’s decision to expand its product line of ultra-rugged tablets and include fully-rugged products,” said Mark Holleran, president and chief operating officer for Xplore Technologies.

“The Bobcat was chosen because the simultaneous availability of so many features means the customer doesn’t have to compromise on functionality. These orders are the first in what we expect to be a project that will run into the tens of millions of dollars.”

The telecommunications provider selected the fully-rugged Bobcat to help achieve cost savings and increased mobility for its field technicians. In addition to tablets, the telecommunications provider ordered the tablet’s vehicle mounted docks, desktop docking solution and other accessories.

“We continue to drive value for our customers and this is being reciprocated in the form of large orders such as this one,” said Philip S. Sassower, CEO and chairman of the board for Xplore Technologies.

“There can now be no doubt about Xplore’s ability to win and service the largest deals in the rugged industry. We look forward to capitalizing on our great success in the telecommunications industry and bringing our world class products to other applicable industries.”

The Bobcat features a slim, lightweight design and runs Windows 7 or 8.1 operating systems. Certified MIL-STD-810G and IP65, the Bobcat can withstand a five-foot drop and operate in extreme temperatures.

Claiming to be the most expansive tablet on the market, the Bobcat comes standard with integrated GPS, two full-sized USB 3.0 ports, RJ-45 gigabit Ethernet, RS-232 serial-ready port and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband.

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