Framework aimed at boosting Smart City connectivity

Public sector bodies could be set to benefit from a proposed £40m framework to deliver equipment to enable Smart City initiatives.

London Borough of Harrow has published a tender for a supplier to install “small cell” technology on council owned assets in order to boost mobile signals.

Up to six suppliers could be added to the framework, which the council says will be open for other councils, central government, blue light services and other public sectors to access.

The tender said: “The authority is seeking to create a framework agreement which will enable itself and other contracting authorities to procure and award a concession contract to utilise council owned assets (excluding street furniture lighting assets) as defined by the authority’s and other contracting authority’s specific asset register schedules for the deployment of small cell equipment to support the enhancement of localised mobile coverage and to enable the delivery of commercial services associated with future Smart City machine-to-machine connectivity and initiatives.”

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The closing date for tenders for the four-year contract is 14 March.

In 2014, the borough signed a deal with supplier Arqiva to roll out small cell technology to provide free wifi for residents.

Colin Marrs

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