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 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.