FCO Tender for Global Voice and Data Connectivity Services
Requirement for global, resilient, flexible and scalable enterprise-wide voice and data connectivity services.
United Kingdom-London: Networks
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
King Charles Street
Telephone: +44 2070081467
NUTS code: UK
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
GLOBAL VOICE AND DATA CONNECTIVITY SERVICES.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Council (BC) (the Procuring Bodies) have a requirement for global, resilient, flexible and scalable enterprise-wide voice and data connectivity services.
These services are required to connect ministerial headquarters and other head offices in the United Kingdom with their respective embassies, consulates and other office locations totaling approximately 550 sites in 170 countries.
See II.2.4 for further detail.
As this is a framework agreement, there will be no contractual commitment to any part of the services. However, significant elements are expected to be called off at the point at which the framework is awarded (or very shortly thereafter), whilst others will be available as options to expand the scope of the services within the FCO or to other framework customers.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
The main performance of the contract will be managed from within the United Kingdom.
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
(Continued from II.1.4).
The connectivity services to be made available under the framework agreement will include:
— Managed Wide Area Network,
— Campus Local Area Network,
— Intelligent Routing Function,
— Management and Reporting,
— IP Address Management/Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol / Domain Name Service;
— Network Time Protocol,
— Secure Internet Gateway,
— Local Internet Breakout,
— Integration Services,
— Ancillary and related services,
— Tunnel mechanism,
— Remote Access Server,
— Firewall Services,
— Global Load Balancing/Load Balancing,
— WAN Acceleration,
— Uninterruptable Power Supply,
— Intrusion Prevention/Detection System,
— Network Access Control,
Asterisks denote optional services that framework users may call-off from the framework in conjunction with the other services (“non-core services”).
The scope of the services will include the transition from the incumbent supplier, provision of the connectivity services and exit management services to support the transition to a replacement service provider on expiry of the call off contracts.
The connectivity service supplier will be required to work with the provider of the voice and video service, that will be provided separately to some or all of the Procuring Bodies, to ensure that the end to end service meets the requirements of the end users.
The connectivity service supplier will also be expected to provide a range of lifecycle and common services as an integral part of the contracted solutions including:
— project services: are services associated with the delivery of change to the operational and technical environment under a supplier’s control, such as service design and costing, technical, project and business change consultancy, change management, transition and exit management,
— operational services: are those elements that must be supplied under all the contracts and that must be delivered as an inherent part of all the services such as end-to-end management delivery, incident management and financial, change, configuration and service management.
Estimated total value: £75m – £350m.
The Contracting Authority intends to make the framework agreement available for use by other Central Government Departments and their Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) and their statutory successors and organizations created as a result of re-organization or organizational changes.
It is anticipated that the initial call-off will be for an expected maximum duration of five years with options to extend for up to a total of two further years.
The expected duration of any other call-offs is not known, however, no call-off agreement term shall not extend beyond 7 calendar years from the end of the Framework Agreement Term.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The FCO will be the Contracting Authority for this procurement, acting on behalf of the Procuring Bodies and potentially other UK public bodies who may use the services.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Customers receiving services through the framework agreement may be subject to UK Government security requirements.
During the delivery of services, some contractor’s staff may be required to hold a security clearance recognized by the UK Government. This may be required for access to certain classified material and to certain sites. The Contracting Authority will offer reasonable assistance to bidders in obtaining security clearances.
Where an economic operator is currently engaged to provide services to the Procuring Bodies (directly or indirectly) they may be required to sign an ethical walls agreement.
The procuring bodies reserves, the right to withdraw or discontinue this procurement and, to the extent permissible by law, to make changes to the scope or procedure of this procurement. The procuring bodies shall not be liable for any costs, expenses or liabilities incurred by any economic operator directly or indirectly as a result of such withdrawal, discontinuance or change.
— all documentation relating to this procurement can be found on the FCO’s eProcurement portal, BravoSolution. URL: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk.
— in order to participate in this procurement exercise, interested suppliers should register on the portal (if you are not registered already). Registration is free of charge and takes approximately 5 minutes.
— following registration, interested suppliers should navigate the portal and search for project_1077 / pqq_506.
— the Authority requires interested suppliers to download, sign and return a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before you can be given access to the main Selection Questionnaire and associated documentation. The NDA can be found at pqq_506. Failure to complete the required NDA will prevent suppliers from participating further in the procurement.
— once you have signed and uploaded the Non-Disclosure Agreement, the Authority will receive a notification and automatically transfer your supplier details to pqq_507, which contains the main Selection Questionnaire and associated documents. Once you have access, you should then review the documentation and complete the Selection Questionnaire by the deadline specified.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: