The BBC has awarded a digital testing services framework contract worth between £15 million and £25 million to Mindtree.
Under the contract, Mindtree will supply services to deliver and support the testing of digital products, applications and services that are owned by or licensed to the BBC and, where relevant, its affiliates.
The products to be tested include applications and websites that run on digital and broadcast platforms, such as desktop computers, mobile devices, the cloud, integrated digital TV, internet protocol TV, terrestrial, cable and satellite TV and the web.
Testing, meanwhile, will include functional testing, non-functional testing and test management, integration and load testing and test design, delivery and analysis.
Mindtree was one of seven suppliers who bid for the work, according to a contract award notice.
In a blog post announcing the contract award, Richard Smith, head of market engagement at BBC Future Media, said that the contract will last a minimum of two years.
The Digital Testing contract was one of three framework agreements that BBC has recently announced as part of the BBC Digital Services Framework (DSF), which aims to give BBC buyers access to a wide range of services, including application development, mobile app development, database development and TV development.
Smith said that the BBC has now awarded framework agreements to 290 digital suppliers across the three areas of Digital Services, Digital Design and Digital Testing.
“Readers will note that there is some degree of overlap between these three frameworks,” Smith wrote in the blog.
“This is intentional as we anticipate that at certain times there may be specialist requirements and/or capacity issues which lead us to procure from the Digital Services Framework rather than the other two dedicated agreements. This gives BBC commissioners a great strength and depth to call upon as needed.”