The Government Procurement Service has come up with the second version of its pan government framework agreements for PSN services (public sector network), but only after lowering the anticipated value of the renewed version of the contract by almost £1 billion.
The earlier and original version of the public tender for telecom services, meant for use by all public sector bodies, became a reality in mid-August. The estimated value of the earlier tender was valued between £500,000 to £3bn.
With the release of the second version, the estimated value of the contract has shrunk to £2 billion.
According to reports, over 100 contractors are likely to sign up for this new framework and it will be made available to all departments and their respective agencies in the central government.
These contracts involve both the installation, as well as the maintenance of all large telecom systems, supply of voice recorders, mobile phones, SIM cards etc. According to The Government Procurement Service, the framework has been designed to suit for both small and medium-sized suppliers.
The agreement will initially be valid for two years, but can be extended to two more years in two different terms.