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TfL to start £400m networks tower procurement in June

David Bicknell Published 18 May 2015

Networks market engagement event on June 1st continues SIAM and towers exercise


Transport for London (TfL) will continue its service integration and management (SIAM) and towers procurement on 1st June when it begins moves to appoint a supplier for a networks tower.

The SIAM procurement began last November when TfL set out to find a supplier to provide SIAM services for five years over three phases: Transition Phase 1, focusing on training and capability development, business change support and/or the provision of additional resources; Transition Phase 2, the transfer of service delivery responsibility; Operational SIAM Phase, the running and transformation of services.

Now, the networks tower procurement is to kick off with a market engagement event on the 1st June, with a procurement notice due to follow in late June.

It is understood that TfL plans to have three service towers. As well as networks, there are due to be towers for end user computing, and application development and application management services (AMS), including hosting.

The formal tender opportunity plans to award a single supplier a contract to provide a managed service for the provision of access network and wide area network (WAN) services across TfL. The tower will be worth around £400m, according to a pre-tender notice just issued by the organisation, with the maximum contract term expected to be ten years (five years fixed with further options to extend).

According to the pre-tender, the service requirement areas may include network tower ecosystem collaboration, service management, project delivery, design and technical assurance, network transformation, provision of a core wide area network, provision of access networks, and network supporting services.

Fujitsu Services is the incumbent data communications services and support provider, having won a competitive procurement exercise in 2004.The agreement included services for networks, telephony and ancillary services and the network capability provided reaches to all major TfL buildings, stations and depots to allow connectivity to corporate information and enterprise facilities (e.g. email, SAP, office productivity tools).

The network capability also supports key operational systems including: track access control for rail and Underground, electronic service update boards, iBus for Surface Transport; CCTV for British Transport Police and Dial-A-Ride services for Surface Transport.

The existing agreement enabled TfL to require Fujitsu to undertake certain project work and provide voice services, including the delivery of WiFI at 120 Underground stations and improved data centres to provide secure, modern high capacity data centres replacing TfL's existing 33 computer rooms. Fujitsu also provided remedial electrical work and additional out of hours network support for the London 2012 Olympics.

According to a TfL paper published last October, the competitive procurement is part of a "Transforming IM" programme which "seeks to deliver a supply chain configuration known as the 'Service Integration and Management (SIAM) and Towers' model.

The model, the document says, is in line with the Cabinet Office approach for ICT contracting, though subsequent Cabinet Office thinking issued earlier this year appeared to frown on the idea of SIAM and towers procurements.

Fujitsu's original contract was due to end on 8 November 2014, but it is understood that a 27-month extension was considered to allow for transition to a new networks provider.

TfL's approach to the networks tower is said to "not cut across a wider review of the approach to data and voice telecommunications across TfL, but will provide a contractual vehicle for those services that any review recommends be consolidated during the life of the Networks Tower contract."


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