Decision - Wide Area Network Procurement

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Wide Area Network Procurement

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek Cabinet Approval for procurement of data network and services contract in conjunction with local partners.


(1)         That Cabinet approves the procurement of a new Wide Area Network contract to replace the Data element of the existing Voice and Data contract in August 2013. The period of the contract will be 5 years with an option to extend for a further period of up to 2 years.


(2)         That Cabinet authorises the procurement to take place jointly with East Sussex County Council and potentially other (as yet unidentified) local public sector partners under suitable contractual arrangements.


(3)         That Cabinet grants delegated authority to award the new Wide Area Network contract to the Strategic Director, Resources.

Reasons for the decision:

The provision of a corporate Wide Area Network (WAN) enables electronic data traffic to transfer between council, partner, government and public data networks.


Developing a Public Services Network Compliant WAN will enable cost savings, support improved access and delivery of public services including ‘shared services’ initiatives in addition to supporting central policies such as Digital Britain.


The PSN will connect BHCC securely to other organisations enabling the sharing of information and access to a wider range of network services for city wide communities.

Alternative options considered:


Report author: Paul Colbran

Publication date: 14/07/2011

Date of decision: 14/07/2011

Decided at meeting: 14/07/2011 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/07/2011

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