University of Exeter Managed Networks Tender
The University is looking for a partner to join it on this journey transforming the Network/Telecoms provision of today into the connected campus of tomorrow.
United Kingdom-Exeter: Networks
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Contact person: IT Category Manager
NUTS code: UKK4Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.exeter.ac.uk
Address of the buyer profile: https://uk.eu-supply.com/ctm/Company/CompanyInformation/Index/53042
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Provision of a Managed Networks Service with a Capital Funded Technical Refresh
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
The University of Exeter is embarking on a journey to transform its IT provision and move to digital services which underpin the University’s aspiration to combine teaching excellence and high levels of student satisfaction with world class research. The University’s Network is a key foundation stone in this journey and it needs to be a solid platform on which the other digital services can be built. To this end the University is looking for a partner to join it on this journey transforming the Network/Telecoms provision of today into the connected campus of tomorrow.
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
Suppliers that would like to express an interest in this opportunity must do so at the following URL: https://uk.eu-supply.com/login.asp?B=EXETER; suppliers are required to search for and select the appropriate tender from the list of current opportunities.
Once suppliers have expressed an interest, they will be required to complete and upload the Supplier Information Form and NDA via the correspondence function on the CTM portal. Please ensure that the NDA is signed with a wet ink signature as electronic signatures are not acceptable. Once confirmed as a bona fide supplier the Procurement Documents that set out the information about the project available at this time will be sent to you via the CTM portal.
The idea of the connected campus is a simple one, the network service experience should be the same regardless of the method of connection (LAN, WIFI, External), the only difference perhaps being the layer of security. Ubiquitous communication with other users should also be possible without worrying about location or device. Again, security will factor heavily within this but enabling smarter connectivity which empowers the users is the key removing some of the blockers to their experience.
Mobility is essential, students and staff own more devices than ever before, many of which are wireless only. Device roaming is critical and an increase in connectivity for open spaces, between buildings and public spaces is required.
Security is paramount to the University’s success, cyber-attacks are on the increase and as our reputation and success grows, so too does our exposure to these attacks. The network must utilise modern security technologies and configuration to mitigate and proactively alert on attacks before they become service affecting. The proliferation of BYOD and IoT will continue and the University network needs to support this growth whilst maintaining the integrity of its business functions. This includes the ability for the University to gain and maintain accreditations such as Cyber Essentials and ISO27001.
Unified Communications is replacing traditional telephony, the University of Exeter increasingly needs its staff and students to be able to communicate and collaborate from a variety of devices. The University is keen to understand how it can improve its existing telecoms provision and enable its staff and students to collaborate whilst still being able to provide traditional telephone capabilities.
The network hardware refresh is a priority and the new hardware needs to underpin the University’s vision and manage the growth in use expected as more services turn to cloud computing.
Currently the University has separate contracts for each of the network services included in the scope of the project: LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi, Fixed voice and mobile telecoms. The managed service elements of the project will bring together disparate contracts under one supplier, who the University internal networks team will build a strong partner relationship with. The current estate must be supported by this partner from day one of the contract and assist the University on its journey to any new technologies installed.
Approximate budget apportionment technical refresh 5 850 000 GBP and managed support services 5 150 000 GBP.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
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.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
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
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: