2019 Report details for project: Echo 2 Programme

Project name: Echo 2 Programme - there are 2 reports for this project: 2018, 2019
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Organisation: FCO (D13) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2019 (data is from Sept 2018)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: The Echo 2 Programme is a telecommunications infrastructure programme which will procure Connectivity services, as well as Voice and Video services for the British Council, DFID, and the FCO (hereafter referred to collectively as 'the partners'), spanning around 500 offices in over 170 countries. The current contract for these services is held by Vodafone and expired for DFID and FCO in March 2018, and will expire for the British Council in March 2019. An Exit Agreement is in place to manage transition.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Since the last IPA Programme Assessment Review, the programme progressed with the major connectivity procurement phase and the disaggregation of the voice and video services from the main legacy ECHO1 contract. The voice service transition is in flight and is due to complete in June 2019. The Connectivity procurement concluded in early December 2018 with the announcement of Vodafone as the preferred bidder. However, shortly afterwards a legal challenge was launched by the second placed bidder and this resulted in a suspension of the award of contract. Following a legal process a decision was made not to award any contract due to the closeness of the result between the first and second placed bidder. As a consequence the connectivity procurement will be re-run following a review of the underlying technology and commercial strategy.
Start date: 2015-09-01
End date: 2021-08-31
Schedule text: Narrative not provided
Baseline: £28.90m
Forecast: £31.35m
Variance: 8.00%
Variance text: The baseline costs were taken from the Outline Business Case which forecast costs for 5 years. Subsequently the costs in the approved Programme Business Case show an increase due to costs being forecast for 7 and a half years.
Whole Life Cost: £203.84m
WLCost text: Baseline costs were taken from the Outline Business Case (2016), and these costs have subsequently been revised in the Full Programme Business Case as more detailed information around costs has been gathered.
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