The government has put out to tender up to £1 billion worth of ICT framework deals.
Under new framework agreements set by OGCbuyingsolutions, which handles procurement, public sector organisations will be able to buy communications technology and services more quickly and cheaply.
The frameworks will be accessible to central government, local councils, schools, NHS trusts and the police, as well as Royal Mail, the Met Office, British Nuclear Fuels, Royal Mint, British Waterways Authority and Ordnance Survey.
Systems covered include telephony and unified communications kit and infrastructure, RFID equipment and services, satellite equipment, and telecoms business continuity and project management. All technology will have to comply with future public sector network standards for interoperability.
The telecoms project management framework will include risk analysis and strategy formulation, and business continuity. There is also a call centre framework to provide the technology and services, a telecoms equipment framework, and WiFi and RFID frameworks.
In a tender notice issued yesterday, potential suppliers were informed they have until 4 August to submit their offers on a dedicated online portal. The agreements will initially last for two years, with an option for a further two years.
Large and small suppliers are expected to participate.