Government inks £6bn desktop framework

Buying Solutions, the government's procurement arm, has awarded a £6 billion framework contract for desktop hardware, IT infrastructure, software and related services.

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Buying Solutions, the government's procurement arm, has awarded a £6 billion framework contract for desktop hardware, IT infrastructure, software and related services.

Computacenter, Fujitsu, Specialist Computer Center and Insight Direct (UK), won the four-year deals for all three lots of work for the pan-government framework agreement.

The framework will be available for use by a range of government departments, including central government, NHS bodies and local authorities. Some of the work will also be delivered to UK Ministry of Defence bases located overseas.

The latest framework will replace the IT Goods and Associated (ITGAS) Framework Agreement, which ends on 30 April.

Equanet, Ergo Computing, European Electronique, Kelway UK, Misco, Probrand, Stone Computers and Viglen were also awarded contracts for desktop hardware.

Meanwhile, CSA (Waverley), Ergo Computing, European Electronique, ANS Group, Bull Information Systems, Kelway UK, Misco, Softcat and Viglen will provide IT infrastructure hardware. Civica Services, Equanet, Phoenix Software, Softcat, Software Box and Trustmarque Solutions will provide software.

A £4.5 billion Desktop 21 framework contract , which also includes printing and networking services and serves large government departments, was signed with HP Services (formerly EDS), Atos Origin and Fujitsu earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Buying Solutions and HM Revenue & Customs have renewed their 'Sprint' IT contract with Specialist Computer Center, under a new £500 million Sprint II agreement.

The agreement covers PCs, laptops, peripherals and other hardware, as well as networking kit, maintenance and software upgrades.

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