Internet Services Framework

Internet Services Framework

Jisc Services Ltd is seeking to put in place a Single Supplier Framework for the provision of Vulnerability Assessment Services for Jisc Services Ltd, Higher Education Institutions, Further Education and Skills, Specialist Colleges and Research Council establishments in the UK.

United Kingdom-Didcot: Internet services

2015/S 149-275633

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Jisc Services Ltd
Lumen House, Library Avenue
For the attention of: Procurement Co-ordinator
OX11 0SG Didcot
Telephone: +44 1235822341
Fax: +44 1235822286

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: National education and research network provider

I.3)Main activity


I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Single Supplier Framework for the Provision of Vulnerability Assessment Services.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 5: Telecommunications services

NUTS code UKJ14

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with a single operator

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 24

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Jisc Services Ltd is seeking to put in place a Single Supplier Framework for the provision of Vulnerability Assessment Services for Jisc Services Ltd, Higher Education Institutions, Further Education and Skills, Specialist Colleges and Research Council establishments in the UK, Regional Network Operators (RNOs) and by any other bodies, including Regional Broadband Consortia, Local Authorities, schools, academies and other training providers whose core purpose is the support or advancement of education or research.
This framework is being procured by Jisc Services Ltd on behalf of its customers as set out above and is being procured as a service with Jisc Services Ltd playing a management and monitoring role on behalf of all Buyers.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72400000, 72720000, 72820000, 72500000, 72610000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes


This contract is divided into lots: no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The Janet network currently interconnects and provides wide-area network services to all Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Colleges and Research Council establishments in the UK. Connections are also provided to other organisations, such as Local Authorities, and commercial sectors, which work in collaboration with these bodies in the areas of education, training or research.
In addition, Jisc Services Ltd provides wide-area backbone and associated national services to each of the Regional Broadband Consortia and to a number of Local Authorities in England, particularly in the context of the schools’ National Education Network. Similar services are currently provided to SWAN in Scotland for the Scottish schools. Jisc Services Ltd provides services as well to the PSBA Network in Wales and the Classroom 2000 network in Northern Ireland. Jisc Services Ltd services are also provided to a number of Local Authorities, Local Education Authorities and Unitary Authorities to serve the needs of personal and community development education, and for other activities of the Authorities which are of benefit to the public, primarily, but not exclusively, in the context of education and training.
The Janet Eligibility Policy defines the conditions under which any organisation is eligible for Janet services. The present Eligibility Policy is available at:

Under the Janet Eligibility Policy services may also be provided to public-sector and associated bodies where these bodies are providing public services other than those relating to education or research. For these purposes during the lifetime of the Framework the services may be provided to other classes of public-sector body or activity that may be identified as a result of local, central or devolved government initiatives.
This framework will also be made available to any trading subsidiary, or any other similar vehicle, created by Jisc through which it provides some part or parts of its services.

Jisc Services Ltd provides a range of Information Security services to eligible organisations including support through the Janet CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team). Vulnerability Assessment Services will help strengthen Jisc Services Ltd’s offering in this area and help meet an identified need from our customers. Jisc Services Ltd’s security products and services are described in the Strategy and Plan available

Jisc Services Ltd would like to explore a range of options for a partnership approach in terms of marketing the Vulnerability Assessment Services to eligible organisations. It is intended that the Supplier will have a direct relationship with customers and will be responsible for the support, provision and invoicing for each customer.
In addition, Jisc Services Ltd is seeking to provide its customers with timely, helpful and relevant information about security vulnerabilities that may be present in the systems in use throughout their infrastructure.

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Jisc Services Ltd is seeking an initial two-year contract term to provide vulnerability assessment services to all the organisations referenced under II.2.1 Total quantity or scope, with the possibility of an extension of up to 2 1-year periods up to a maximum framework lifetime of 4 years.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Supplier must warrant that none of the circumstances set out in Regulation 57(1) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, applies to the Supplier or sub-contractors.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The Supplier must provide evidence of financial and economic standing, as specified in Regulation 60(6)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 by providing verification of the undertaking’s overall turnover the last three financial years available. The turnover must be specific to the services being provided.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The Supplier must provide a description of its measures for ensuring quality as indicated in Regulation 62 of the Public Contracts Regulations. For this item, a copy of the Supplier’s ISO 9000 certificate will be adequate. If the Supplier is not registered under ISO 9000, then a brief description of the quality management system and checks undertaken will be acceptable.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract


IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 17.9.2015 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

24.9.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 24.9.2015 – 12:01
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Jisc Services Ltd

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Jisc Services Ltd will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: