Crown Commercial Service has announced the launch of the third version of its Network Services agreement, with an increased focus on connectivity, as well as other emerging technologies.
Network Services 3 will be looking to build on the success of the previous iteration, with a continued offering of core network services. This includes site-to-site and site-to-cloud networks, satellite, as well as 5G connectivity.
Improvements to the agreement will include a better scope and lotting structure, which will hopefully reflect the marketplace and offer greater support to buyers in their route to market for all communication and network services. A ‘requirements builder template’ will also be incorporated, increasing the competition of WAN/LAN services, and enhancing the buyer experience surrounding public internet connectivity.
Commercial Director and Chief Technology Procurement Officer at Crown Commercial Service, Philip Orumwense, said:
“This new framework will support the public sector to access ‘user-based’ communication solutions, such as integrated voice, data, and video. Our aim is to contribute to an improved customer journey and better value for money, whilst supporting the promotion of “cloud-first” future networks for Government initiatives.
“It is yet another example of how CCS is helping the public sector to adapt and make the best use of technology and innovative solution within the modern hybrid workspace.”
A new feature has also been introduced to this iteration, with an additional Lot for emerging technologies that are related to Internet of Things (IoT), with this aiming to help users procure the necessary solutions for smart, connected spaces. This new development has been designed in collaboration with key customer groups, as well as industry leading trade bodies Innopsis and techUK.
Running for two years, with the possibility of an additional two-year extension, the agreement sees 145 suppliers awarded a place. 48% of these are small and medium-sized enterprises.
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