Education technology and networking bodies Jisc and Janet are tendering for a new cost-saving network to support their 300 staff based at seven locations across the UK, including remote working and mobile employees.
"We would like to make cost savings and provide enhanced functionality and flexibility for our staff," said the organisations.
A number of telephony suppliers have already partnered with Janet to provide SIP (session initiation protocol) trunk connections via the Janet network.
The two organisations are now seeking a dynamic purchasing system (DPS) worth between £175,000 and £200,000 to the winning bidder.
The current office telephone system is provided and supported by Voicenet Solutions, with mobile telephony and data services being predominantly provided and supported by Vodafone.
"Certain telephony suppliers have partnered with Janet to provide SIP trunks via the Janet network. We are therefore running a mini competition via the Janet Telephony Purchasing System," said the tender partners.
There is a three-year contract on offer, with the option to extend by a further two years. The contract covers the supply of a fully managed integrated platform for fixed line voice via SIP technologies. This should include the transfer of existing DDI (direct dialling in) connections to the new service.
It also covers the connection to "a reliable and stable network with guarantees that quality of service will be maintained for all telephone calls at all times", says the tender notice.
There must also be a combined monthly bill that is "accurate, clear and easy to understand and on a single invoice", with easy access to the account being provided to the organisations on a 24/7 basis.