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United Kingdom-Ipswich: Networks
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Suffolk Pan Public Sector Wide Area Network.
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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/market-engagement-event-suffolk-pan-public-sector-wide-area-network-tickets-39289102764
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.
Potential providers will be required to register on the Suffolk County Councils e-tendering portal at www.suffolksourcing.uk to access tender documents when issued.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information