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United Kingdom-London: Telecommunications services
Modification of a contract/concession during its term
Section I: Contracting authority/entity
Section II: Object
ECHO Framework Agreement — Information and Telecommunications Services
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.
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:
— instant messaging,
— unified communications,
— data transfer,
— collaborative working and knowledge sharing,
— 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,
— 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,
— enterprise integration,
— operational integration,
— service management,
— disaster recovery,
— moves, adds, deletion and changes, and
— management Information and Billing.
Section V: Award of contract/concession
Section VI: Complementary information
Cable and 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.
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.
Section VII: Modifications to the contract/concession
Extension to the termination assistance period.
The Partners will amend the ECHO Framework Agreement to extend the termination assistance period. The partners will also extend the three call off contracts with Vodafone by 2 to 2.5 years for BC and 3 to 3.5 years for FCO and DfID.
The value of the call off contracts will be increased by GBP 55 million.
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, and are subject to Cabinet Office and HMTreasury approval.