Services - 373729-2020

07/08/2020    S152

United Kingdom-London: Telecommunications services

2020/S 152-373729

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2AH
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address(es):
Main 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

ECHO Framework Agreement — Information and Telecommunications Services

II.1.2)Main CPV code
64200000 Telecommunications services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The contracting authority on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Council (BC) (collectively the ‘Partners’) awarded the ECHO framework agreement for information and telecommunications services in September 2010.

The framework agreement included the replacement of the current FCO telecommunications network (FTN) contract and a number of related, primarily overseas, communications contracts and services.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 55 095 000.00 GBP
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
64200000 Telecommunications services
72224000 Project management consultancy services
32421000 Network cabling
72315100 Data network support services
32422000 Network components
72226000 System software acceptance testing consultancy services
72250000 System and support services
72315000 Data network management and support services
72318000 Data transmission services
32551500 Telephone cables
32344110 Voice-logging system
32412000 Communications network
72223000 Information technology requirements review services
72225000 System quality assurance assessment and review services
32418000 Radio network
32552100 Telephone sets
32221000 Radio beacons
32000000 Radio, television, communication, telecommunication and related equipment
45232332 Ancillary works for telecommunications
45314000 Installation of telecommunications equipment
45314310 Installation of cable laying
32561000 Fibre-optic connections
32581100 Data-transmission cable
64216200 Electronic information services
64227000 Integrated telecommunications services
32571000 Communications infrastructure
32573000 Communications control system
32580000 Data equipment
64216120 Electronic mail services
32572000 Communications cable
50333000 Maintenance services of radio-communications equipment
50334100 Repair and maintenance services of line telephony equipment
50334110 Telephone network maintenance services
64214400 Communication land-line rental
45314200 Installation of telephone lines
32560000 Fibre-optic materials
32584000 Data-bearing media
32427000 Network system
32413100 Network routers
50312320 Repair of data network equipment
50332000 Telecommunications-infrastructure maintenance services
32233000 Radio-frequency booster stations
32413000 Integrated network
32416000 ISDN network
32424000 Network infrastructure
32510000 Wireless telecommunications system
32520000 Telecommunications cable and equipment
32550000 Telephone equipment
32551000 Telephone cables and associated equipment
32530000 Satellite-related communications equipment
50312310 Maintenance of data network equipment
50331000 Repair and maintenance services of telecommunications lines
50334400 Communications system maintenance services
32400000 Networks
72320000 Database services
32524000 Telecommunications system
32412120 Intranet network
72251000 Disaster recovery services
32551400 Telephone network
32552000 Electrical apparatus for line telephony or line telegraphy
32425000 Network operating system
32415000 Ethernet network
32344260 Radio and multiplex equipment
64214100 Satellite circuit rental services
72315200 Data network management services
45314300 Installation of cable infrastructure
50312300 Maintenance and repair of data network equipment
64210000 Telephone and data transmission services
64211000 Public-telephone services
32230000 Radio transmission apparatus with reception apparatus
32342440 Voice-mail system
32342450 Voice recorders
64220000 Telecommunication services except telephone and data transmission services
64222000 Teleworking services
32570000 Communications equipment
32531000 Satellite communications equipment
64224000 Teleconferencing services
32420000 Network equipment
32232000 Video-conferencing equipment
64214000 Dedicated-business telephone network services
64216100 Electronic message services
32416100 ISDX network
32412100 Telecommunications network
64213000 Shared-business telephone network services
32428000 Network upgrade
45312300 Antenna installation work
32429000 Telephone network equipment
50315000 Repair and maintenance services of telephone-answering machines
32523000 Telecommunications facilities
64216110 Electronic data exchange services
72222000 Information systems or technology strategic review and planning services
32423000 Network hubs
32522000 Telecommunications equipment
50330000 Maintenance services of telecommunications equipment
31350000 Electric conductors for data and control purposes
32344250 Radio installations
32410000 Local area network
32412110 Internet network
32500000 Telecommunications equipment and supplies
32430000 Wide area network
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The services made available under the framework agreement included:

1) application services,

2) network services, and

3) lifecycle services.

The services are delivered globally, include operation and management of legacy services, covering a range of UK Government security impact levels.

All services are required to align and support the current and future government standards, and include but are not limited to:

1) application services: the provision of a range of voice and other application services on a global basis, which are anticipated to include, but are not limited to:

— voice,

— video,

— instant messaging,

— mail,

— unified communications,

— data transfer,

— collaborative working and knowledge sharing,

— training,

— hosting,

— rapid deployment, and

— any other application services including those required for any part of the service lifecycle;

2) network services: the provision of network connectivity and other network services on a global basis and separated as required from other echo and non-echo services, including but not limited to:

— managed network,

— LAN,

— internet access,

— PSTN access,

— network access,

— remote access, and

— any other network and network related services including those required for any part of the service lifecycle and as they evolve in response to evolution in technology;

3) lifecycle services: the provision of lifecycle services on a global basis. Aspects of the service lifecycle covered include, but are not limited to:

— service portfolio evolution,

— project management,

— design, development and testing,

— implementation,

— training,

— enterprise integration,

— operational integration,

— exit,

— security,

— service management,

— sustainability,

— disaster recovery,

— logistics,

— moves, adds, deletion and changes, and

— management Information and Billing.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive

The Partners are in the process of re-procuring their telecommunications requirements through the procurement of a network services integrator (‘NSI’) and the establishment of a Dynamic Purchasing System (‘DPS’). The NSI contract notice reference is 2020/S 106-258337 and the DPS prior information notice reference is 2020/S 141-348181.

The modifications to the call-off contracts under the ECHO framework agreement are necessary, as it is significantly likely that there would be numerous difficulties with putting in place an interim contract before the re-procurement of the services is complete. Any interim contract would require both a transition period and exit period, which is significantly likely to cause great inconvenience, duplication of transition costs, be disproportionately expensive and may cause technical and interoperability issues to a core Government service.

The modifications do not exceed 50 % of the original value.

The Partners are therefore justified in amending the ECHO framework agreement and call-off contracts under Regulation 72(1)(b) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

The amendment is subject to Cabinet Office and H M Treasury approvals.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information

Section V: Award of contract/concession

Contract No: CR4552
V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of contract award decision:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Official name: Vodafone UK Ltd
Postal address: The Connection
Town: Newbury
Postal code: RG14 2FN
Country: United Kingdom
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 281 912 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Cable ad Wireless U.K was acquired by Vodafone UK Ltd in April 2012. As such, Vodafone UK Ltd became the contractor under the ECHO framework agreement.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Any review proceedings will be dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (‘PCR 2015’). Any review proceedings must be brought within the timescales specified by the applicable law.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: