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Services - 112539-2020

06/03/2020    S47

United Kingdom-London: Telecommunications services

2020/S 047-112539

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Postal address: King Charles Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2AH
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Craig Wormleighton
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

The ECHO2 Programme: Network Integration Services Procurement

Reference number: NSI-01
II.1.2)Main CPV code
64200000 Telecommunications services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The FCO ECHO2 Programme published a PIN: 2019-146075 dated 21 October 19 to initiate pre-market analysis for two strands of the procurement:

1) the procurement of a Network Services Integrator (NSI); and

2) the establishment and operation of a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) for the procurement of internet services.

The proposed approach to the disaggregation of global connectivity services is currently provided under a framework agreement with a single provider.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Council (BC) (together the ‘Partners’) are developing the tender documentation for the procurement of Network Integration Services (the ‘Services’) using the competitive procedure for negotiation via a framework agreement with a single successful NSI.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 80 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
32400000 Networks
32410000 Local area network
32412000 Communications network
32412100 Telecommunications network
32412110 Internet network
32413000 Integrated network
32413100 Network routers
32415000 Ethernet network
32416000 ISDN network
32416100 ISDX network
32417000 Multimedia networks
32418000 Radio network
32420000 Network equipment
32421000 Network cabling
32422000 Network components
32424000 Network infrastructure
32425000 Network operating system
32426000 Network publishing system
32427000 Network system
32428000 Network upgrade
32430000 Wide area network
50330000 Maintenance services of telecommunications equipment
50331000 Repair and maintenance services of telecommunications lines
50332000 Telecommunications-infrastructure maintenance services
51300000 Installation services of communications equipment
64210000 Telephone and data transmission services
64211000 Public-telephone services
64211200 Long distance telephone services
64214000 Dedicated-business telephone network services
64214100 Satellite circuit rental services
64214400 Communication land-line rental
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

1) Scope

The anticipated scope of the NSI will incorporate the service management and network integration functions, the provision of private circuits (i.e. MPLS, VSAT satellite) and next generation network platform and a secure internet gateway. The NSI will be expected to manage third party provided internet connections to approximately 500 sites in over 170 countries.

The services are required to connect ministerial headquarters and other head offices in the United Kingdom with their respective embassies, consulates and other office locations across the globe totalling approximately 500 sites in 170 countries.

A descriptive document can be obtained by contacting Craig Wormleighton (see section I.1)).

2) Initial pre-market engagement.

During the pre-market engagement in October 2019, the authority and its partners tested the measured approach to the disaggregation of the global connectivity services across the two strands of procurement, NSI and DPS and the use of more flexible procurement options to align with perceived changes in the global telecommunications market.

3) Purpose of further market engagement.

The authority and its partners intend to conduct further market engagement for the procurement of an NSI with the objectives of:

— updating potential suppliers on the ECHO2 Programme progress, strategy, business objectives and developments in the procurement process,

— validating the key procurement artefacts to seek feedback, further inputs and assure is fit for purpose, and

— serving as a limited market warming exercise allowing potential suppliers to assess the opportunity;

4) General

Please note that:

(i) the authority and its partners intend to invite a limited (but representative) sample of potential suppliers based on the expressions of interest received by 17.00 GMT on Tuesday 11 March 2020, to participate in the market engagement;

(ii) on the basis that it may not be possible for the authority to accommodate 1:1 meetings with all potential suppliers expressing an interest in participating in the market engagement meetings, the authority and its partners plan to run one or more plenary briefing sessions either face to face or via a conference call;

(iii) potential suppliers who are interested in either:

— participating in the 1:1 sessions, and/or

— attending a plenary briefing, and/or

— obtaining sight of draft procurement artefacts should express their interest by contacting Craig Wormleighton;

(iv) meetings will be held in Central London around 23rd to 25th March.

The potential suppliers will, subject to signing a Non-disclosure Agreement, be sent selected procurement artefacts in advance to prepare questions and discuss during the further market engagement.

On completion of the market engagement phase, the FCO plans to review the relevant information with a view to issuing to potential suppliers a market engagement synopsis. This will include the same information provided to the suppliers who participated in the market engagement phase and will summarise the FCO's findings. Any potential supplier that would like to receive a copy of this synopsis should contact Craig Wormleighton.

Questionnaires may be used to seek formal feedback after the market engagement event to better inform the authority and its partners as it finalises the procurement artefacts.

Please note that the participation of suppliers in this further market engagement phase will have no impact whatsoever on their chances of success in any resultant formal procurement procedure and non-participating potential suppliers will not be unfairly disadvantaged in any way. The market engagement synopsis will be issued well in advance of the FCO commencing the Network Integration Services formal procurement under the ECHO2 Programme, ensuring that all potential suppliers have sufficient time to review the information before deciding whether to express an interest in the procurement.

II.2.14)Additional information

The FCO will be the contracting authority, acting on behalf of the partners and potentially other UK Central Government bodies.

It is envisaged but not guaranteed that the contract notices for the services procurement will be published in May 2020. The date listed of 1 May 2020 is therefore an estimate.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The authority, the partners and potentially other UK Central Government bodies will use the framework agreement for a term of four (4) calendar years from the date of execution, to procure the services through individual call-off contracts. It is anticipated that the initial call-off contracts will be for an expected maximum duration of five (5) years with options to extend for up to a total of two (2) further years.

The authority estimates that the total value of the Services procurement will be between GBP 50 million and GBP 80 million for the initial call-off term of five (5) years.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: