HMRC spends £11m on deals for mobile airtime, laptops and network kit

Tax agency tops up its tech estate with a duo of contracts awarded to cover the supply of products and services from major vendors including HP and Virgin Media Business

HM Revenue and Customs has topped up its technology estate with three deals worth a total of more than £11m and covering the provision of laptops, network infrastructure and mobile voice and data.

On 7 February, the department entered into a short-term contract with IT reseller CDW for the provision of HP computing devices. The deal, which runs until the end of this month and is valued at £7.7m, will enable the HMRC to replace the laptops used by thousands of employees with equivalent devices.

According to the contract award notice, the deal covers the “purchase of HP laptops to enable the devices that will be coming up to 3 years old to be replaced whilst progressing options to purchase additional devices following advice from central finance”.

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In another engagement with CDW, the tax agency also spent £730,000 on a “network hardware legacy refresh”.

The 20-month deal, which came into effect on 1 February, includes the provision of “hardware assets and associated support services for technical components of the departmental IT networks estate”.

Also last month, on 26 February, the department signed a two-year contract with Virgin Media Business for the delivery of core mobile services, including voice, messaging and internet connectivity services.

The engagement, which comes with the option of being extended for a further year, covers the provision of “an airtime service to provide HMRC with unlimited calls, texts and aggregated data”.

The contract was awarded via the second lot of the £3bn Mobile Voice and Data Services framework, which covers the provision of tailored telecoms services.

Sam Trendall

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