Published date: 9 October 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 6 November 2020, 12am

Contract summary


  • Wireless telecommunications system - 32510000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£100,000 to £125,000

Procurement reference


Published date

9 October 2020

Closing date

6 November 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

1 December 2020

Contract end date

28 February 2021

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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The University of Sheffield is out to tender on behalf of it's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre's (AMRC) North West branch, to supply a 5G test bed which is required to be 5G stand-alone (SA) single cell mobile private network (MPN). This shall be used for testing and system performance verification purposes. AMRC NW will use this solution for R&D activity relating to the development of high-speed networking and manufacturing related 5G solutions. It will enable increased data volumes across the shop floor. Additionally, it will help develop a range of smart technologies for the IOT and communication industries based on 5G. Initial installation shall be at the AMRC NW facility in Preston.

This Test bed must include a full end to end integrated solution, including mobile core, radio equipment, IP connectivity and end devices. The equipment should have low latency, and must be 5G SA to support various projects. This equipment is expected to be interfaced with multiple end devices sending data through the use of pre integrated set of applications that are relevant to the manufacturing industry including but not limited to smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, remote operations, etc. With the possibility of additional applications through an API, with the main focus being on real time applications.

Tender Process and Documentation:

This is an E.U. open exercise. The ITT can be downloaded by registering and expressing your interest on the University`s e-tendering system

If you have any questions or comments in relation to this tender they must be submitted via the In-tend System, this can be accessed at

Completed tenders must be returned through the same e-tendering system.

Closing date for receipt of tenders: Friday 6th November 2020 at 12 noon (UK time).

Expressions of Interest CAN NOT be made by e-mailing the person below, please follow the links above.

About the buyer

Contact name

Mark Hardy


Western Bank


0114 222 4979


Closing: 6 November 2020, 12am