Deadline pushed back for £2 billion PSN framework

The deadline for bids for a replacement framework for the Public Services Network (PSN) has been pushed back from 4th to 11th December, after suppliers requested more time.

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is in charge of the everyday operation of the scheme, with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) running procurement. ‘Network Services’ will be open to the entire public sector and is valued at between £100 million to £2 billion. The agreement is expected to launch in March 2015 and run for up to four years. It will replace two existing frameworks: ‘PSN Connectivity’ and ‘PSN Services.’

PSN aims to create a single ICT infrastructure for all UK public sector organisations which will help to reduce the £2.5 billion the public sector spends on telecoms every year and enable more efficient, joined-up public services.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “We have had a very high level of interest in the Network Services OJEU from the market. This is an important and complex area and we have extended the deadline to give suppliers sufficient time to respond to ensure that the resulting agreement meets the needs of the public sector while also delivering best value for the taxpayer.”

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