Next generation networks Essex County Council

Next generation networks Essex County Council

As part of the information services modernisation programme, the next generation networks (NGN) project will deliver significant improvements to the capacity and quality of ECC’s corporate computer network.

UK-Chelmsford: telecommunications services

2012/S 29-046833

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Essex County Council
PO Box 4, County Hall, Market Road
Contact point(s): Procurement Services
For the attention of: Melanie Bailey
CM1 1JZ Chelmsford
Telephone: +44 1245431200

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes


Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

2214 Next generation networks.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 7: Computer and related services
II.3)Information on framework agreement

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

As part of the information services modernisation programme, the next generation networks (NGN) project will deliver significant improvements to the capacity and quality of ECC’s corporate computer network, secure seamless connectivity to the networks of partner organisations in the public sector and faster connections to the internet. As ECC embraces mobile and flexible working more fully, staff will be able to move around between sites and use unified communications tools, such as instant messaging and video conferencing to keep in touch with colleagues and customers. Fixed to mobile telephony conversion will allow us to route incoming telephone calls to desk phones or mobiles without the caller being aware of this, and provide the option to significantly reduce the number of fixed-line handsets on the estate. As part of the NGN project, the council’s telephone systems will be converted to utilise IP telephony, which routes calls via the data network, removing the need for separate voice networks.
Such services will be provided to ECC, ECC’s associated and/or partner organisations (including but not limited to Essex Cares Ltd, Essex Probation Service, Essex Pensions [Fund], Library Services (Slough) Ltd) and potentially to other local authorities, fire authorities, police authorities, other organisations and/or bodies who may be providing related and/or ancillary services, delivering shared services and/or aims and/or objectives of ECC or such bodies. The services should therefore be scalable and adaptable to such changes. Further details of the relevant bodies will be given in the Official Journal of the European Union notice.
Some of the services that may be part of the contract are:
3rd-Party maintenance
Billing audit services.
CCTV and physical security monitoring services.
Conferencing services.
Connectivity to the Kerb.
Dark fibre.
Data centres and management.
E-mail filtering
Enhanced government telephony preference service (EGTPS).
High speed broadband services.
Infrastructure and connectivity.
Internet filtering.
ISP services.
IVR services.
LAN services.
Managed equipment room services.
Managed public internet access (PC’s).
Managed public printers.
Managed WAN services.
Mobile voice and data services.
Networking equipment.
Network security services.
On-site public wifi.
Point-to-point circuits.
PSN gateway services.
Unified communications.
Voice calls and lines.
Wireless data infrastructure.
Structured cabling.
We will be holding an information day to discuss the scope of the contract before we start the Procurement phase. The event will be held on Wednesday 22nd February in Chelmsford. If you would like to attend the event you will need to register via Melanie Bailey: or Sian Shordon: or on +44 1245431200 or +44 1245433178.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 200 000 000,00 and 300 000 000,00 GBP

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000, 32400000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Suppliers will need to be registered on the Essex Supplier Portal to obtain documentation once the EU advert is published. Suppliers may register with the portal on the following web site:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:8.2.2012