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Services - 496320-2017

13/12/2017    S239

United Kingdom-London: Networks

2017/S 239-496320

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Postal address: King Charles Street
Town: London
Postal code: SW1A 2AH
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2070081467
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned 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


Reference number: CPG/1537/2016 (A)
II.1.2)Main CPV code
32400000 Networks
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

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) (the Procuring Bodies) have a requirement for global, resilient, flexible and scalable enterprise-wide voice and data connectivity services.

These services are required to connect ministerial headquarters and other head offices in the United Kingdom with their respective embassies, consulates and other office locations totaling approximately 550 sites in 170 countries.

See II.2.4 for further detail.

As this is a framework agreement, there will be no contractual commitment to any part of the services. However, significant elements are expected to be called off at the point at which the framework is awarded (or very shortly thereafter), whilst others will be available as options to expand the scope of the services within the FCO or to other framework customers.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 350 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
32400000 Networks
32410000 Local area network
32412000 Communications network
32412100 Telecommunications network
32412110 Internet network
32413000 Integrated network
32413100 Network routers
32415000 Ethernet network
32416000 ISDN network
32416100 ISDX network
32417000 Multimedia networks
32418000 Radio network
32420000 Network equipment
32421000 Network cabling
32422000 Network components
32424000 Network infrastructure
32425000 Network operating system
32426000 Network publishing system
32427000 Network system
32428000 Network upgrade
32430000 Wide area network
50330000 Maintenance services of telecommunications equipment
50331000 Repair and maintenance services of telecommunications lines
50332000 Telecommunications-infrastructure maintenance services
51300000 Installation services of communications equipment
64210000 Telephone and data transmission services
II.2.3)Place of performance
Main site or place of performance:

The main performance of the contract will be managed from within the United Kingdom.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

(Continued from II.1.4).

The connectivity services to be made available under the framework agreement will include:

— Managed Wide Area Network,

— Campus Local Area Network,

— Intelligent Routing Function,

— Management and Reporting,

— IP Address Management/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol / Domain Name Service;

— Network Time Protocol,

— Secure Internet Gateway,

— Local Internet Breakout,

— Integration Services,

— Ancillary and related services,

— Tunnel mechanism,

— Remote Access Server,

— Firewall Services,

— Global Load Balancing/Load Balancing,

— WAN Acceleration,

— Uninterruptable Power Supply,

— Intrusion Prevention/Detection System,

— Network Access Control,

Asterisks denote optional services that framework users may call-off from the framework in conjunction with the other services ("non-core services").

The scope of the services will include the transition from the incumbent supplier, provision of the connectivity services and exit management services to support the transition to a replacement service provider on expiry of the call off contracts.

The connectivity service supplier will be required to work with the provider of the voice and video service, that will be provided separately to some or all of the Procuring Bodies, to ensure that the end to end service meets the requirements of the end users.

The connectivity service supplier will also be expected to provide a range of lifecycle and common services as an integral part of the contracted solutions including:

— project services: are services associated with the delivery of change to the operational and technical environment under a supplier’s control, such as service design and costing, technical, project and business change consultancy, change management, transition and exit management,

— operational services: are those elements that must be supplied under all the contracts and that must be delivered as an inherent part of all the services such as end-to-end management delivery, incident management and financial, change, configuration and service management.

Estimated total value: £75m - £350m.

The Contracting Authority intends to make the framework agreement available for use by other Central Government Departments and their Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and their statutory successors and organizations created as a result of re-organization or organizational changes.

It is anticipated that the initial call-off will be for an expected maximum duration of five years with options to extend for up to a total of two further years.

The expected duration of any other call-offs is not known, however, no call-off agreement term shall not extend beyond 7 calendar years from the end of the Framework Agreement Term.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 350 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
Maximum number: 6
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
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

The FCO will be the Contracting Authority for this procurement, acting on behalf of the Procuring Bodies and potentially other UK public bodies who may use the services.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Restricted procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: n/a
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 006-008454
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 17/01/2018
Local time: 17:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 23/02/2018
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

Customers receiving services through the framework agreement may be subject to UK Government security requirements.

During the delivery of services, some contractor’s staff may be required to hold a security clearance recognized by the UK Government. This may be required for access to certain classified material and to certain sites. The Contracting Authority will offer reasonable assistance to bidders in obtaining security clearances.

Where an economic operator is currently engaged to provide services to the Procuring Bodies (directly or indirectly) they may be required to sign an ethical walls agreement.

The procuring bodies reserves, the right to withdraw or discontinue this procurement and, to the extent permissible by law, to make changes to the scope or procedure of this procurement. The procuring bodies shall not be liable for any costs, expenses or liabilities incurred by any economic operator directly or indirectly as a result of such withdrawal, discontinuance or change.

Important Information:

— all documentation relating to this procurement can be found on the FCO's eProcurement portal, BravoSolution. URL:

— in order to participate in this procurement exercise, interested suppliers should register on the portal (if you are not registered already). Registration is free of charge and takes approximately 5 minutes.

— following registration, interested suppliers should navigate the portal and search for project_1077 / pqq_506.

— the Authority requires interested suppliers to download, sign and return a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before you can be given access to the main Selection Questionnaire and associated documentation. The NDA can be found at pqq_506. Failure to complete the required NDA will prevent suppliers from participating further in the procurement.

— once you have signed and uploaded the Non-Disclosure Agreement, the Authority will receive a notification and automatically transfer your supplier details to pqq_507, which contains the main Selection Questionnaire and associated documents. Once you have access, you should then review the documentation and complete the Selection Questionnaire by the deadline specified.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: