Decision details

Use of Crown Commercial Service Framework and Award of a Contract for Mobile Voice and Data for the London Borough of Southwark (Recordable Officer Decision)

Decision Maker: Strategic Director - Customer and Digital Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This report seeks approval for Brent Council to procure mobile voice and data services for the London Borough of Southwark by calling off from a framework agreement for Network Services, Lot 6 (Mobile Voice and Data Services) established by the Crown Commercial Service (“the Framework Agreement”).


(1)      To note the terms of the framework agreement which covers the supply of mobile voice and data services.


(2)     To approve Brent Council’s participation in the Framework Agreement.


(3)     To approve the award of the contract for Mobile Voice and Data Services to Telefonica UK Limited, for a period of two years plus a possible one year extension.

Reasons for the decision:

The London Borough of Southwark’s ICT Procurement is delegated to Brent, as part of the Shared ICT Service governance arrangements.


The current contract for Southwark’s mobile voice and data services is with Telefonica UK Limited, and the services are delivered by O2, the principal commercial brand of Telefonica UK Limited. The original term of the contract expired on 29 May 2019, and the services have continued to be delivered on a rolling monthly basis. A new contract for the services is therefore required.


Officers have identified the Framework Agreement as a quick and cost effective means of procuring Southwark’s mobile voice and data services.  The Framework Agreement rules allow direct awards to be made to suppliers who have suitable offerings on the framework catalogues on the CCS eMarketplace. The award should be made to the most economically advantageous supplier.


In accordance with Framework Agreement rules, Officers have identified Telefonica UK Limited as the most economically advantageous supplier capable of delivering Southwark’s mobile voice and data services and wish to award a contract to it for a period of two years plus a possible one year extension.

Alternative options considered:

Other means of procuring the contract were considered by officers in the Shared ICT Service, but it was determined that use of the Framework Agreement rather than procuring a contract by formal tender in accordance with Contract Standing Orders is best in terms of the reduction in time-scales, costs and resources involved.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Cabinet/Committee Decision or Scheme of Delegation: Officer Scheme of Delegation & Contract Standing Orders

Parties Consulted: None

Contact: Philippa Brewin, Senior Category Manager, Procurement Email: Tel: 0208 937 1733.

Publication date: 21/07/2020

Date of decision: 15/06/2020