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CCS eyes mobile voice and fire service IT aggregated procurements

Neil Merrett Published 19 June 2017

Mobile Voice and Data Services procurement is set to go ahead from September, with engagement underway to test customer interest in hardware for schools focus


Multiple aggregated procurements focused around mobile voice and data services, technology hardware for schools as well as fire and rescue service IT are among upcoming market engagements being considered by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).

In an updated plan documenting public sector procurement opportunities that aim to realise costs efficiencies for specific technology needs through improved economies of scale, CCS has unveiled its key market engagement aims for the coming months.

The agreements form part of the government’s National Further Competitions (NGFs) focus that aims to utilise existing routes to market, such as established public sector frameworks, to pool together the technology needs of multiple organisations such as education providers.

During the remainder of June, the government will be looking at potential customer interest for a Mobile Voice and Data Services agreement for central government and wider public sector customers. The customer requirements for the agreement are expected to be finalised next month, with a competition process and final award expected during September and October this year.

CCS said it aims to provide greater flexibility for authorities needing mobile voice and data services by offering additional structuring services that can be added to a basic connection to meet more specific needs of different organisations.

From next month, CCS has announced that it will be considering interest in a Technology Hardware for Schools procurement that will be open to all publicly funded institutions working in education.  It is also considering opportunities for a Technology Products procurement.

The notice said that work was already underway to gauge interest for a Fire and Rescue IT Hardware (NFC74) engagement.

In the longer-term, CCS has said it is considering wider possible aggregated procurements in areas such as data access/broadband, separate mobile voice and data services for the police and education sector, along with third party IT support for schools.

Building on an existing approach to larger scale procurement, CCS’ aggregation and design team works to meet common purchasing needs for technology services among a broad number of public service providers.

“The team will collate your requirements and carry out an aggregated national further competition on your behalf in order to achieve value for money for you and the other customers taking part,” said the updated notice document.

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