Foreign Office cancels global connectivity procurement

Written by PublicTechnology staff on 19 June 2019 in News
News

Department opts not to award framework deal worth up to £350m after near-draw between two bidders

Credit: Adobe Stock

The Foreign Office has cancelled the award of a framework voice and data connectivity deal with an estimated value of between £75m and £350m.

The five-year contract, carried out in association with the Department for International Development and the British Council, would have provided connectivity services to about 550 sites in 170 countries, connecting UK head offices to embassies, consulates and other overseas offices.

“Following a procurement process for global telecommunications services, the outcome between the first and second placed bidders was deemed to be so close that it was decided not to award a contract from the procurement,” the Foreign Office told PublicTechnology.

“We are now undertaking a review of our technology and commercial strategies before deciding how to come back out to market for these services.”


Related content


When the procurement was announced in December 2017, the department said it was seeking one or more suppliers to provide “global, resilient, flexible, and scalable enterprise-wide voice and data connectivity services”, with work planned to start on 1 September 2018.

The contract would have included connectivity services such as wide area and local area networks, secure internet gateways and integration services. The supplier would have been expected to work with a separate provider of voice and video services.

Share this page

Tags

Categories

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Government spends £400m to acquire bankrupt satellite firm
3 July 2020

After being shut out of EU satellite programme in light of Brexit, UK joins consortium with Indian telecoms giant Bharti to buy OneWeb

Fewer frameworks and more ministerial muscle – how government can make good on its SME agenda
2 July 2020

The results of techUK’s annual GovTech SME Survey suggest the Digital Marketplace has made a positive impact on access to the public sector tech market but, according to Henry Rex, there are...

Report finds ‘profound failings’ in Scottish NHS IT systems
1 July 2020

Holyrood committee is sharply critical of technology underpinning the prescription of medicines

Government plans to expunge Huawei from 5G network by 2023, reports claim
26 May 2020

Prime minister plans to backtrack on previous decision to allow Chinese giant to play a role in next-generation telecoms

Related Sponsored Articles

Interview: CyberArk EMEA chief on how government has become a security leader
29 May 2020

PublicTechnology talks to Rich Turner about why organisations need to adopt a ‘risk-based approach’ to security – but first make sure they get the basics right

Accelerating sustainability in the age of disruption
21 May 2020

HPE shows why organisations are increasingly seeking to understand and consider the environmental impacts of their IT purchasing decisions