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GSi Convergence

Contract ID: RM828

Start Date: 16/08/2011

End Date: 16/08/2015

Description

Description

The Government Secure Intranet Convergence Framework (GCF) expired on 16 August 2015 having completed its maximum permissible extended period. This means GCF is now closed to new business. 

All existing call-off contracts will continue to be serviced, with each call-off contract expiring in accordance with its own terms. For the majority of customers this will be 31 March 2017, after which point you will have no contractual cover for the delivery of these services. Ex PNN3 customers can maintain contractual cover through to 16 August 2019.

Core service unbundling

CCS, Vodafone and the Government Digital Service (GDS) have worked together to unbundle the core services provided under each customer's call-off contract into discrete components, individually priced, in order to provide visibility and clarity around the services being consumed and how much they cost. This facilitates flexibility and choice for customers; and, in time, will open up a competitive market for these components. Common Technology Services (CTS), a team within GDS, has produced guidance on what you might need to procure and how to implement services to replace those unbundled GCF services – such as secure cloud based email. For further information please see the CTS guidance.

Now the process of unbundling the core services is complete, every call-off contract will need to be amended so you can realise the benefits of unbundling. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to complete the Request to Unbundle form and send it to Vodafone.

This will give you a 3.5% discount on the services, backdated to the start of the quarter in which the request was made. Further savings can be made by stopping the unbundled services you no longer need, or that you can source alternatives for elsewhere.

For further information on unbundling please email networkservices[at]crowncommercial.gov[dot]uk.

Frequently asked questions

1.     What do I need to do now?

Download the Request to Unbundle form and send it to Vodafone to receive your 3.5% price reduction. Then assess your requirements and stop the services you do not need and begin making plans to replace those that you do.

2.     The GCF Framework expired on 16 August 2015, what happens to my GCF call-off contract?

GCF call-off contracts are not affected by the expiry of the framework. Each call-off contract is an independent contract that will expire in accordance with its own terms. All customers should have been through a Vodafone process that has extended your call-off contract until 31 December 2016. There is an optional further 3 month extension that you can request.

3.     Can I opt out of receiving all of the core service components?

Following your assessment of your organisation’s needs, you may cancel the ones you don’t need by following Vodafone’s standard cease process. This will affect the discount you receive, but will reduce your charge by the cost of that service.

4.     What happens to my GCF services that are not core services?

Any services that you receive through your GCF call-off contract that are not core services will be unaffected by this change; you will continue to receive these services as currently described in your call-off until your call-off expires or is terminated.

5.     How long will my email service continue to operate after the GCF Framework expires?

GCF email services (which include any mailboxes you have and the mail relay service) will continue for you until your particular GCF call-off contract expires.

6.  How do I continue to get secure email after this?

Historically, GCF email services have been used for email addresses with the following domain names:

●      gsi.gov.uk

●      gcsx.gov.uk

●      gsx.gov.uk

●      gse.gov.uk

You don’t need to use these names to get secure email. The GDS changes to government network policy explains this and the CTS guidance tells you how to implement such solutions.

7.  Who do I contact if I need more information?

Please email us at networkservices[at]crowncommercial.gov[dot]uk in the first instance.

Background

The GSi Convergence Framework was developed:

  • As a successor to the expired GSi framework. It was the replacement contracting vehicle for the continuation of GSi services and was signed on 16 August 2011, allowing customers time to transition to the new arrangements before 20 February 2012 when their existing service contracts came to an end.
  • To provide customers with a simple route towards PSN compliance.
  • To deliver savings.

The framework was developed by consulting with key stakeholders, defining customer requirements and liaising with industry and other suppliers.  As part of the overall Government ICT Strategy the framework was developed to provide a route to PSN and full PSN compliance.

We managed the framework including customer and supplier relationship management, with the support of Cabinet Office and National Technical Authority for Information Assurance.

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Lot details

Lot Number Lot Name Lot Category Number of Suppliers Contract Expiry
All Lots Government Secure Intranet Technology 1 - click here to view suppliers 16/08/2015

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Networks Duty Officer

networkservices@crowncommercial.gov.uk

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