Digital infrastructure5G & MobileGovernment Networks Services 2 framework goes live

Government Networks Services 2 framework goes live

Network Services 2 worth £5bn designed to drive further technological change across the public sector

Network Services 2 – the framework for central government and wider public sector bodies which need access to various telecommunications services including internet, wifi, voice, mobile, and cloud access – has gone live.

Customers using the previous Network Services agreement (expiring in July) achieved substantial savings. Similar savings are also expected under the new agreement.

Network Services 2 includes the provision of Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) services through supporting infrastructure.

The agreement’s lots have been expanded, while retaining ease of use, to allow a broader range of small and medium-sized suppliers on board. The Government is now busy encouraging telecom service providers, large and small, to compete for a place on the new framework.

Crown Commercial Service has just completed a major customer and supplier engagement phase. It included key central government IT leads, and workshops, held in conjunction with trade body Innopsis and Tech UK involving more than 100 suppliers.

Ieuan Trigger, Crown Commercial Service’s Category Director for Networks, said: “Network Services 2 is a flagship agreement for Crown Commercial Service, due not only to its financial scale, but also its ambition. This agreement has been designed collaboratively with customers, suppliers and industry bodies; it aims to be a catalyst which will drive transformation within government and the wider public sector.”

Those suppliers wishing to bid to get on the agreement need to do so by 31st January, 2019. Further information on Network Services 2 can be found here here.

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