The contract, dubbed the ‘Lewisham ICT Framework for Education’ or ‘LIFE 2014’, will allow public sector organisations in London to buy a vast array of ICT from tablets and telephone solutions to network infrastructure, servers and consultancy services.
Lewisham Council expects up to 160 companies to eventually win places on the framework, which is split into six lots.
The lots cover network server solutions and services, active and passive network infrastructure solutions, VoIP telephony solutions and servers.
They provide for hardware, devices, peripherals, printers, servers, workstations, laptops, tablets and mobile devices, plus interactive classroom services, AV solutions and digital signage.
Services to be procured also include ICT support services, installation, training and consultancy, project management and procurement, plus change management.
The authority has committed to spend £1.6 million through the framework over the next year for two of its schools, but it expects public sector bodies in London to spend between £48 million and £72 million during its four-year lifetime.
The tender notice said: “The aim of this framework is to allow schools to act as ‘intelligent customers’ and enable them to retain control and management of their own solutions, risks and budgets.”
Customers can manage different services bought through the framework themselves or appoint a single supplier to manage services on their behalf.
Suppliers wishing to bid for a place on the framework have until 20 October to submit tenders or requests to participate.