Social landlords to make savings on telecommunications
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance
Social landlords are set to make savings on their calls, lines and data and unified communications, after the launch of a new telecoms agreement.
Procurement for Housing (PfH) created the fully EU-compliant framework which offers landlords three lots which can be used at the same time or individually, for both new and existing contracts.
The Calls, Lines, Data and Unified Communications section of the deal includes voice services such as traditional call and lines, IP telephony, network services to support voice, video and data applications, unified communication services, data centre services and hardware.
The Mobile Communications section offers mobile voice and data, mobile broadband and associated hardware such as smartphones and tablets.
The Telecommunications Consultancy section can provide landlords with system design, data analysis, strategy development, funding options, regulatory compliance, digital inclusion, staff and tenant training.
Six telecom providers will supply services through the framework for four years, which include Britannic Technologies, ConvergeOne, Daisy Communications, Gamma Network Solutions, Social Telecoms and Updata Infrastructure.
The agreement also gives social landlords access to telecoms market updates, reports on trends and changes and guidance on the effect of market changes in this area.
Andrew Carlin (pictured), commercial director at PfH, said: “We set up a telecoms product group including ten housing organisations to ensure this agreement covers the latest technology and meets the sector’s requirements. I’m confident that with national supplier coverage, wide choice and opportunity for further savings through mini competitions, this deal will generate significant efficiencies for social landlords.”
PfF was set up by the CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing), NHF (National Housing Federation) and Housemark in 2004 to harness the collective buying power of the housing sector.
The consortium has 800 Members that collectively manage over 3.6 million properties - over 60 percent of the UK’s total social housing stock.
Members spend in excess of £2m a week through PfH agreements. Over £38m has been saved for the sector and more than 500,000 invoices have been processed through PfH’s Central Billing system since the consortium was set up.