FCO Tender for Global Voice and Data Connectivity Services

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

2017/S 239-496320

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2070081467
E-mail: Craig.Wormleighton@fco.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
Internet address(es):Main address: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk

I.2)Joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://fco.bravosolution.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement



Reference number: CPG/1537/2016 (A)

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

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

Value excluding VAT: 350 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or 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.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 350 000 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 6

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

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)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted procedure

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with a single operator
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years: n/a
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 006-008454

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 17/01/2018
Local time: 17:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 23/02/2018

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

Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

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.

Important Information:

— 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.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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