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OFT reveals ICT procurement concerns that sparked inquiry

Public Technology -The Office for Fair Trading has revealed the concerns about public sector ICT procurement that led it to launch an inquiry into sector.

Suppliers had told the regulator that certain businesses appeared to have an unfairly large share of contracts in some areas of the sector, as well as difficulties and high costs in switching between suppliers.

The information was provided to the OFT as part of a “call for information” (CFI) earlier in the year, where it asked businesses in the sector for their views on the state of the market. Earlier this week the office said it had begun a market study to study the degree of competition between companies in the sector, as well as barriers to entry and expansion, particularly for small firms.