The e-Envoy has issued a tender for a managed service provider to deliver a scaleable multi-platform, government-wide facility for data centre hosting, that will, initially, carry the Government Gateway, UK On-line Portal, Knowledge Network and Government Secure Intranet.
The solution provider will host further e-government applications as they are rolled out.
Existing service providers include Cable & Wireless and Loudcloud. British Telecom, which hosted the original version of UK On-line, lost the contract last November.
The seven-year contract calls for a minimum of two data centres that will require top-level security and protection.
The e-Envoy's department expects the contract to be awarded in mid-2003, with "a phased shift to the new centre after that".