Feeds

UK government negotiates new comms framework

Could be worth £170m to everyone except 3

Boost IT visibility and business value

The Office of Government Commerce contracts arm, OGCbuying.solutions, has negotiated new contracts with communications suppliers that could save public-sector organisations £40m.

The deals, which could be worth £170m a year over the next four years, provide pre-authored paperwork that public-sector bodies can use to set up contracts with pre-vetted suppliers, at prices negotiated based on volume discounts.

For mobile voice and data it's the usual suspects; BT plus all the mobile operators - with the notable exception, for some reason, of 3. Wide-area paging and SMS delivery contains no great surprises, Vodafone, PageOne, HTK, 2ergo and Orange - BT seem to have missed a trick on that one.

When it comes to bespoke mobile BT was more on the ball, and is joined by Vodafone, Orange, AMT-SYBEX and Detica.

Public sector bodies aren't required to use the preferred suppliers or framework, but they should be able to get better prices and reduce the paperwork if they do. By including all the major companies in each area the chances of someone wanting to go elsewhere are minimised - unless they really want a mobile contract with 3. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
Telstra to KILL 2G network by end of 2016
GSM now stands for Grave-Seeking-Mobile network
Seeking LTE expert to insert small cells into BT customers' places
Is this the first step to a FON-a-like 4G network?
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.