The Western Australian Government has approached the market to establish a brand new whole-of-government panel for the procurement of ICT Network Infrastructure Solutions.
The agreement will have a three-year term with two one-year extension options.
It will be divided into two categories of suppliers, with group A supplying network and IP telephony products and basic maintenance, support and installation services, and group B covering end-to-end network solutions including design, supply, implementation, maintenance and services.
Both groups will supply:
- Network appliances;
- Network routing and switching, wireless, mobility, voice over IP telephony infrastructure; and
- Supply and installation of network related infrastructure.
Group B has additional service requirements including:
- Strategy, planning and design services;
- Network communications hardware installation, configuration and commissioning (back to base) services;
- Structured cabling;
- Support and maintenance requirements; and
- Onsite and remote technical support.
Procurement of relevant services through the panel will be mandatory for all State Government agencies purchasing within the Perth region, as per WA contract guidelines.
Finance anticipates that ten or more contractors will be appointed to each group within the panel.
WA public sector agencies are currently able to procure network services and infrastructure through individual approaches to market, department-specific agreements, or through the Network Management Services category of Common Use Agreement (CUA) 14008 for ICT Services which enables the procurement of services not provided by other CUAs.
The other telecommunications panel currently available to WA agencies is the Telecommunications Services Common Use Agreement worth around $500,000, which initially expires in 2013 and has two one-year extension options. Categories under the panel include fixed voice services and fixed data services. Qualified suppliers are AAPT, Amcom, Nextgen Networks, Optus, Orion, Pivotel, Telstra and Vodafone.
Recent network services procurements in WA include a $1.9 million deal between VenuesWest and R Group International for Network and IP Telephony Systems for Perth Arena, a $2.5 million contract between Finance and L7 Solutions for the end-to-end provision of ICT Network Infrastructure for Albany Hospital, and a $1.5 million contract for network components in an IT Infrastructure Upgrade awarded to L7 Solutions by the Department of Agriculture and Food. The Department of Child Protection signed a five-year contract with Kinetic IT for around $57.5 million for the provision of managed server, desktop, network, service desk and project management services, with a final expiry in December 2016.
The Request for Tender closes at 2.30pm, 30 January 2013.
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