Framework will enable public service providers to operate, share and deliver services in local and central government
The government has said that the announcement of successful suppliers to provide IT services for the Public Services Network (PSN) represents a major milestone in its ICT strategy.
The government has named 29 suppliers for the new framework established by the Government Procurement Service (GPS) delivering services ranging from CCTV and physical security monitoring, to video and teleconferencing systems, call/contact centre services, mobile services (Voice, SMS, Data), messaging services, and secure gateways.
The PSN will provide a single network and marketplace for public sector communications, bringing suppliers and customers together to substantially reduce costs. It will be “the platform for public service providers to operate, share and deliver services across traditional departmental and regional boundaries, in more cost-effective and innovative ways”, the government said.
PSN-compliant services and systems already in use in local and central government produced confirmed savings of £64.2m in 2011-12, the Cabinet Office added.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “The goal of the government’s ICT strategy is to ensure we can deliver smarter, more cost-effective, modern public services. With the award of the PSN services framework, following the PSN connectivity framework in April, we have passed a major milestone by establishing a competitive ICT marketplace at the heart of the public sector.
“The PSN will drive savings and efficiencies by removing duplicate network connections, providing simpler procurement and greater competition, and allowing public sector employees to work in more flexible, user-focused ways.”
Craig Eblett, PSN programme director, said: “The PSN services framework, together with the PSN connectivity framework, provides the public sector with the preferred route to market for all PSN networks and telecommunications spend. A fair and open PSN marketplace is now in place, and there is strong demand from public sector organisations to access it. I’d like to congratulate all the successful suppliers and wish them well as they compete for work under the framework.”
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