|Results of Major Broadband Procurement|
|12 May 2003|
The Office of Government Commerce is set to announce the six suppliers chosen to provide broadband internet services to the public sector under new framework agreements.
eGov monitor Weekly reports today that the companies selected are BT, Fujitsu, Kingston, Telewest, Easynet and Synetrix. The three-year agreements let by the OGC's procurement arm, OGCbuying.solutions, will enable public sector buyers seeking high-speed internet access or similar services to contract directly from a pre-tendered list of suppliers.
"This new arrangement will be of major benefit to those government departments who are seeking to develop the use of broadband", commented OGC Chief Executive Peter Gershon. "It reduces the time and effort required in sourcing broadband products by offering quality goods and services at value for money prices without the need for separate tendering processes."
The agreements cover the provision of commodity broadband services, such as xDSL, cable modem and satellite, broadband fixed wireless access and basic rate ISDN, and have been "future-proofed" to incorporate "similar or successor services", which will fall immediately under the frameworks as they become available. Ancilliary services such as remote access, email, centrally hosted applications and security functionality may also be supplied by service providers.
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