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GSi Convergence

Contract ID: RM828

Start Date: 16/08/2011

End Date: 16/08/2015

Description

This agreement expired on 16 August 2015

This page and all attached documents remain visible purely as an archive for reference by customers and suppliers with open call off contracts.

The Government Convergence Framework (GCF) is the pan-government secure communication system for over 500 central government and wider public sector organisations.  GCF was introduced, and first contracted for with Cable & Wireless, in 1997.  C&W were subsequently acquired by Vodafone and the GCF procurement framework expired in 2014.  Subsequent contract renewals have taken place via GCloud and the Network Services framework.  Outstanding contracts expire in March 2019.
Government and Vodafone have the agreed target that the GCF platform will be decommissioned before the end of 2019.

For more information on GCF exit see 'RM828 GCF exit v1' in the Documents tab below.

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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Documents

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Networks Duty Officer

networkservices@crowncommercial.gov.uk

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