TNP Awarded Place on Public Sector Network Services Framework (RM1045)20/08/2015
TNP have been awarded a place on the new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Network Services framework agreement (RM1045). The agreement can be used by organisations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.
The Network Services agreement provides public sector organisations with access to networks and telecommunications services, including PSN compliant services. It will deliver savings, choice and flexibility for all publicly funded organisations; whilst ensuring compliance with the wider government technology strategy.
TNP have been awarded a place on the two lots relevant to its services and as a provider of agency services:
Lot 1 – Data Access Services:
Ranged connectivity services enabling site-to-site or site-to-cloud interconnectivity. Includes terrestrial, wireless and satellite solutions, network security, equipment, support, connectivity circuits, IP connectivity, ISP and internet services, broadband routing, home and teleworker packages and online storage.
Lot 2 – Local Connectivity Services:
Single site connectivity including LAN equipment, SAN equipment, wired or wireless connectivity. Scope also includes specialised power solutions, managed equipment rooms, monitoring, audit and testing services, security and operational management solutions and optimal equipment operation services.
Where TNP can act as an agent on behalf of its client where their requirements include a core component from one or more of the ten lots of the agreement.
With one in three of the successful bidders being a small and medium sized business (SME) Chris Wade, Commercial Director at TNP, commented:
We’re delighted to have been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Network Services framework agreement (RM1045) to supply network connectivity and local connectivity to the public sector.
As an SME, we feel we are a classic case of why the readjustment of framework agreements will benefit not only the government and tax payers by reducing costs, but also the economy, as SMEs are given access to a platform which will allow them to compete alongside the large organisations which, until now, have dominated the marketplace.
SMEs deliver much greater flexibility, which we know is sorely needed in the public sector. Through our placement on the framework, the public sector will be able to directly gain value from our experience in designing, building and supporting public sector networks that reduce operating cost and leverage existing investment with the option of using alternative technologies.
Following the launch of the framework, TNP is already discussing new contracts with a number of local authorities and plans to increase staff numbers by 20-30 per cent to facilitate further growth.