The South Australian Government has opened the first stage of the selection process to put together its Tranche Three suite of telecommunications panels.
It has released an invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to potential suppliers, from which a shortlist will be invited to submit tenders. Failure to secure a spot on any of the panels could see suppliers locked out of the $110 million per annum market for up to six years.
Collectively labelled as Tranche Three services, the whole-of-government services that will be provided through a suite of panels include:
- Network Carriage Services (NCS);
- Data Carriage Services;
- Voice Carriage Services ;
- Mobile Carriage Services;
- Network Management Services (NMS);
- Network Internet Services (NIS); and
- Messaging and Business Communication Services (MBCS).
According to the EOI documents, an estimated $323 million worth of contracts will be facilitated through these panels over the initial three year term. The combined NCS arrangements account for the bulk of this figure, amounting to $207 million over the specified three year term.
Existing panel arrangements are all scheduled to expire by 2 March 2014, with the exception of the MBCS panel which will expire on 30 May 2014.
The new Tranche Three arrangements will be mandatory for all SA agencies to use. These arrangements may eventually be offered to local governments, universities, not-for-profit organisations, state parliament and non-government schools, at the SA Government’s discretion.
The EOI was released following an industry briefing hosted by the SA Government CIO, Andrew Mills, and the Director of ICT Strategic Sourcing, Rick Seaman on 7 March 2012.
Most other Australian jurisdictions have also seen the establishment of Whole-of-government telecommunications contract arrangements.
The WA and Tasmanian Governments each have a single whole-of-government agreement:
- WA’s Telecommunications Services Panel expires in April 2013, and has two one year extensions available;
- Tasmania’s Networking Tasmania II agreement expires in May 2013.
Victoria has two telecommunications panels, which together form the Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy (TPAMS). These panels are currently under review before a fresh approach to market takes place.
Queensland’s telecommunication requirements are provided through four whole-of-government panels: Voice, Data, Mobile Products and Services and Special Services. These panels will continue through to June 2015 with no details given about available extensions.
At the Federal level, three whole-of-government telecommunications panels have been established since January 2011:
- Internet Based Network Connection Services Panel (expires 5 July 2014);
- Telecommunications Management Panel (expires 5 September 2014); and
- Telecommunications Commodities, Carriage and Associated Services Panel (expires 20 December 2013).
EOI enquiries for any Tranche Three service may be submitted before 28 May 2012. All EOI submissions are due by 5 June 2012.