Home Office awards emergency services PSN infrastructure project to Vodafone
£15m contract detail just published relates to award made for contract that began in November
The Home Office has published details of a £15m contract award to Vodafone to supply PSN infrastructure for the Emergency Services Network (ESN) under the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP)
According to the contract award notice , which appears to have been a call off deal under the Network Services framework RM1045, the contract is related to the provision of a Direct Network Service Provider, one of a series of related projects, to provide Public Services network (PSN) infrastructure to link 3ES control rooms to the central ESN system.
In the contract awards notice, ESMCP is described as a “cross-government, multiagency programme” to deliver the ESN which will deliver integrated critical voice and broadband data services to all three emergency services (3ES) and other users throughout GB (England, Wales and Scotland).
The notice says, “These services require a mobile communications network capable of providing the full coverage, resilience, security and public safety functionality required by the 3ES. The ESN will replace those services delivered under current service contract(s). A number of these service contracts operate across the 3ES and other users. The new service contracts were awarded during 2015 to facilitate commencement of service delivery from late 2016 as existing service contracts begin to expire.”
The published award notice on March 8 indicated that the £51.2m contract start date was November 2 2016, with the end date of November 1 2021.