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United Kingdom-London: Maintenance services of telecommunications equipment
Voluntary ex ante transparency notice
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Section II: Object
Technical Support Services and Advanced Cisco Services Framework
Framework Agreement with Cisco International Ltd to cover software upgrades, third and fourth line support and architectural and professional services for Cisco equipment that exists in the Network Rail operational and corporate voice and data networks, including the data centres.
Cisco products form a major part of the Network Rail core and access network that provides national operational rail and corporate voice and data services to Network Rail. For the Operational Rail, Cisco hardware provides the core Fixed Telephony Network (FTNx IP) based services for signalling systems and trackside voice communications. Within the corporate environment, Cisco equipment is used in the network delivery of almost all of the enterprise applications used by Network Rail to run its business.
A zero-value 5+2 year call-off framework will be set up directly with Cisco International Ltd to cover Technical Services (including upgrades and support), advanced services subscription, advanced services transactional and Cisco managed services on the Cisco systems and hardware, where Cisco is the sole direct supplier of these services.
Section IV: Procedure
This framework contract is awarded without a prior publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, under the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016, the justification for a contract without a prior call for competition is clause 50(1) (c):
Where the works, supplies or services can be supplied only by a particular economic operator for any of the following reasons –
(ii) competition is absent for technical reasons;
(iii) the protection of exclusive right, including intellectual property rights.
But only in the case of paragraphs (ii) and (iii), where no reasonable alternative of substitute exists and the absence of competition is not the result of an artificial narrowing down of the parameters of the procurement.
Cisco International Ltd are the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and owner of intellectual property rights of the hardware (including software and firmware) installed on these networks, and therefore is the only supplier that can directly carry out the technical, advanced and managed services on the Cisco hardware that is embedded into the Network Rail FTNx, Corporate and Data Centre network.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information