BT bags London-wide public-sector ICT framework deal
Telecommunications giant BT has been picked as the sole supplier for a pan-London ICT procurement framework that will be open to most of the public sector and worth up to £200m.
It said the deal, instigated by the “tri-borough” partnership of Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, covered area networking, cloud services, fixed and mobile telephony, unified communications and conferencing.
In addition to the 33 local authorities in the capital, the framework is open to the NHS, Transport for London, social landlords, waste authorities, schools and both the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.
BT said the framework was the fourth such technology deal set up by the tri-borough partnership and the third for which the firm was the sole supplier.
Colm O’Neill, BT’s managing director responsible for the public sector, said the framework was an innovative approach to procurement that would make it simpler, faster and cheaper for public sector organisations in London to buy cutting-edge ICT services.
“We see this very much as a partnership with the organisations involved and they’ll be able to play a part in shaping the future direction of travel of the framework and the products available on it,” he said.
“BT was successful in a highly competitive process against other major communication companies.
“We’re delighted to have the chance to work with such an interesting and diverse set of public sector organisations ranging from schools, NHS Trusts, police forces and social landlords, among others, to bring them a wide range of ICT services to support pan-London collaboration.”
In 2013, BT was awarded two frameworks covering distributed computing and data-centre services, while Agilysis won a service-desk and service-management framework.
The contracts each covered a period of four years but were extendable for a further three years.
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