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Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Gigabit Capable Connectivity
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement for the provision of Gigabit Capable Connectivity Services. These will be procured using 1 of 2 specifications:
Specification 1: Managed Connectivity Services;
Specification 2: Fibre Infrastructure Services.
The managed connectivity services will require a network connection to be made available between a specified location and services running on the World Wide Web. The services will be offered with flexible bandwidth options using infrastructure that offers download bandwidths of between a lower threshold of at least [100 Mbps] and an upper threshold of at least [1 Gbps].
The fibre infrastructure services will require the provision of the necessary duct, fibre and access infrastructure between two specific locations to allow third party integration into existing network services by the procuring authority or their agent.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place a pan government collaborative agreement for the provision of gigabit capable connectivity services. These will be procured using one of two specifications:
The commercial agreement is to be utilised by Central Government Departments and all other UK Public sector bodies, including but not limited to Central Government Departments and their agencies, Non departmental public bodies, Devolved administrations, NHS Bodies and providers of services to the NHS, Local authorities, Police, Voluntary sector, Charities, and/or other private organisations acting as managing agents or procuring on behalf of these public sector bodies.
Where the above bodies require at call-off contract, the agreement will be suitable for the provision of services that:
(i) are PSN-compliant https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/public-services-network and also for the provision of services at lower security levels; or that do not require PSN-compliance;
(ii) are HSCN compliant services https://digital.nhs.uk/health-social-care-network/suppliers;
(iii) comply with the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus scheme https://www.cyberessentials.ncsc.gov.uk/
The proposed agreement is expected to be a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS). This is to be confirmed within Government following market engagement. The Authority considers that this opportunity may be suitable for economic operators that are Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This prior information notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement with those suppliers within the telecommunications market in order to gain feedback of the proposed format of the commercial agreement.
Supplier briefings will be held in the first two weeks of March 2019. Further details will be provided on request.
To participate in market engagement please email email@example.com with the following details:
1) Organisation name;
2) Contact name;
3) Job title of contact (including responsibility within your organisation);
4) Contact phone number;
5) Contact email;
6) Organisation website link.
The DPS Platform will be launched in the Supplier Registration Service (SRS):
Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.
The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS pipeline page http://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/procurement-pipeline for updates and monitor Tenders Electronic Daily for the publication of the OJEU Contract Notice.