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TfL launches £400m networks tower procurement

Neil Merrett Published 06 July 2015

Exercise underway to appoint a supplier of wide area network (WAN) services under initial five year contract


Transport for London (TfL) has launched a tender for a supplier to provide managed network services as part of wider technology transformation plans based around a service integration and management (SIAM) and towers model.

Valued at £400m, the network tower contract will provide access network and wide area network (WAN) services across TfL's operations for a fixed period of five years, with room for a further extension that could double the agreement's total duration to 10 years.

Between four to six operators are expected to receive an invitation to tender (ITT) for the agreement, with interested participants having until July 30 to submit their bids.

According to the tender notice, the chosen supplier may also be required to extend services to shared service initiatives across TfL or other Greater London Authority (GLA) functional bodies.

The contract will also provide service coverage options to replace network services provided to other TfL business units with an estimated value of £145m. An additional IM service option is included under the contract for Data Centre Local Area Network (LAN) service provision, valued at an estimated £18m.

As part of its 'Transforming IM' strategy, TfL is looking to award three key service towers that will be underpinned by a SIAM component. TfL added the towers approach was based on Cabinet Office recommendations.

Along with the network tower, additional procurement exercises that are understood to be launched at a later date will focus on end user computing, as well as application development and application management services (AMS), including hosting.

The SIAM component of TfL's procurement strategy, designed to integrate and manage the delivery of the end-to-end ICT services divided into towers, began last November.

TfL said at the time that it was looking for a supplier to provide SIAM services for five years over three phases identified as:

- training and capability development, business change support and/or the provision of additional resources;
- the transfer of service delivery responsibility;
- the running and transformation of services

A preferred bidder for the SIAM tender is expected to be announced later this year.

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