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Services - 438302-2017

03/11/2017    S211

United Kingdom-Ipswich: Networks

2017/S 211-438302

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: Suffolk County Council
Postal address: Procurement & Contract Management Endeavour House 8 Russell Road
Town: Ipswich
NUTS code: UKH14 Suffolk
Postal code: IP1 2BX
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Gillian Glanville
Telephone: +44 1473264478
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Suffolk Pan Public Sector Wide Area Network.

Reference number: CD0970-2
II.1.2)Main CPV code
32400000 Networks
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Suffolk County Council & partner public sector organisations (Local Authorities & NHS CCGs & Acute Hospitals) are intending to procure a single pan-public sector Wide Area Network (WAN) to replace existing WANs, and to meet their collective current and future communications requirements. The contract value is expected to be in the range 20,000,000 to 50,000,000 GBP.

It is not the Council's intention to break this requirement into lots. The Council wishes to consult with Potential Providers with the necessary capacity to deliver a Wide Area Network at the required scale. A market engagement event will be held on 23.11.2017 at East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT starting at 11am. Spaces are limited & priority will be given to Potential Providers who are PSN & HSCN Stage 1 compliant. Please register to attend the event at

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
64200000 Telecommunications services
32500000 Telecommunications equipment and supplies
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Suffolk County Council is leading a public sector partnership, which includes other Local Authorities and NHS CCGs and Acute Hospitals in the county of Suffolk and adjoining geographic areas, to procure a single pan-public sector Wide Area Network (WAN) to replace existing WANs, and to meet their collective current and future communications requirements. By aggregating demand among the public sector partners, the aim is to secure the benefits of economies-of-scale. As well as providing connectivity between the 700+ sites on the WAN, the network needs to provide peering to a number of cloud-based services used by the public sector organisations. In addition, the aim is to leverage the public sector investment in a WAN to meet public sector communications requirements, to leverage further private sector investment to extend the reach of fibre infrastructure in the area to the benefit of the wider Suffolk economy, as envisaged by the Government's Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Programme. The Council envisages the provision of both managed WAN services and infrastructure, with around a 5 — 7 year renewal term for managed WAN services and around a 15 — 20 year renewal term for infrastructure. The Council will engage in a competitive dialogue process with qualified Potential Providers to refine the detail of the final competitive tender.

II.2.14)Additional information

Potential providers will be required to register on the Suffolk County Councils e-tendering portal at to access tender documents when issued.

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:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: