Government tenders smart meter communications and data services contracts

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued a tender for smart metering data and communications contracts. These services will then be contracted to the data and communications company (DCC), once that has been set up, envisaged to be in 2014.

Decc said it expects between three and eight firms to bid for the contracts, which have been broken down into three regions across the UK: Northern GB including Scotland; central GB including Wales; and southern GB. Subject to a five year extension contracts will run for a maximum of 20 years, with a break clause anticipated after nine years.

The three contracts are each expected to be worth between £330 million and £1.525 billion. Decc said a single bidder could bid for one or all of the three lots.

The scope for each contract covers provision of the communications services for smart meters; supply of the communications module and connection of the communications service to one or more data centres.

Click here to see the notice.

The IT services contract covers developing and implementing software, hosting and application management services. It also includes integrating the data services and meter communications services and ensuring interoperability with the IT systems of the DCC's users.

The contract will run for up to 12 years and be worth up to £240 million.

Click here to see the details.


Author: Paul Newton,
Tags: Smart Metering

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