All-of-government mobile services RFP released

Giant project takes a step closer to completion

The Department of Internal Affairs has released the RFP (request for proposal) for the all-of-government mobile voice and data contract.

The proposed contract courted controversy recently when the department appeard to indicate a preference for the BlackBerry, due to security issues.

The formal RFP documents, posted on the GETS website today, note the following factors as reasons for shifting to an all-of-government approach:

1. New Zealand Government’s ICT Directions and Priorities leading to the creation and recent public launch of the Common ICT Capability Roadmap; 2. Recent and planned Commerce Commission interventions on interconnectivity charges and international roaming charges; 3. Regulatory split of Telecom New Zealand; 4. Network and telephony technology convergence threatening the future demand of more traditional technologies; and 5. The expiry of the existing syndicated mobile agreement led by the Department for Internal Affairs (DIA) in June 2012.

The move to an all-of-government contract is similar in structure to recent government agency-wide tenders for printer services and PCs, laptops and computer services.

The documents note the following core services to be supplied: Core services

a. Mobile access; b. Mobile Voice minutes; c. Mobile Data (national and international) including wireless and mobile data plans; d. Messaging (national and international) including Short Messaging Services (SMS) and Multi Media Messaging (MMM); e. International Roaming; f. Mobile telephony hardware, accessories and plans; g. Smartphone telephony hardware, accessories and plans; h. Data access devices; i. Other core services as set out in appendix 3

b) Value added services (cost tracking, secure mobile connections).

The list is intended as an overview of the main services, but is not exhaustive, the documents note.

Consortia bids - that is, bids from more than one supplier - will be accepted, but consortia bidders must provide legal advice that their bid doesn’t breach the Commerce Act.

The contract scheduled to be awarded by February 2012.

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