Government plans contract to cut telecoms costs

The government is seeking a supplier for a telecoms expense management (TEM) service worth up to £6 million over four years.

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 The government is seeking a supplier for a telecoms expense management (TEM) service worth up to £6 million over four years.

The successful bidder will “deliver demand and price savings across the UK public sector’s telecommunications estate”, according to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which is leading the procurement.

The public sector spends about £2.5 billion on telecoms services every year, a figure CCS aims to reduce via contracts such as TEM and the Public Services Network (PSN).

The contract will allow the government to get a better grip on telecoms costs by providing an overview of the inventory and usage of telecoms in the public sector.

The supplier will cross-check billing data to identify errors and allow users to create ad-hoc reports on the telecoms estate, according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

The supplier will also help CCS to “improve the commerciality of third-party telecoms contracts”, identify areas of savings, update inventories to reflect new recruits and departures and track invoices, the notice said.

The contract is worth between £2.4 million and £6 million and will run for two years and three months, with options to extend for a further two years to just over four years in total.

The procurement will follow be open to bids from any supplier and will go to whoever offers the lowest price, according to tender documents. Interested vendors have until 24 November to submit bids.

A new framework for PSN and public sector telecoms services, named ‘Network Services’, is due to launch this week. 

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