A £4.5bn desktop framework contract to serve the whole of the government has been signed with HP Services (formerly EDS), Atos Origin and Fujitsu.

The four-year Desktop 21 framework, signed by the government’s Buying Services procurement arm, aims to provide preferential access and pricing for all large government departments on equipment and services. It is open to departments with more than 1500 staff, allowing them to procure for up to a seven-year period.

Areas covered include desktops, laptops, servers and storage devices, as well as associated services including desktop management and support, networking, videoconferencing, accessibility, email, intranet, software services, authentication, data security and printing.

Fujitsu and HP are also offering shared services for cross-departmental procurement. There is also scope for “transformation” services, Buying Solutions says on its website.

The news may come as solace to HP, which last month lost a major desktop infrastructure deal with the DWP to Fujitsu. Under the deal, as former company EDS, HP had contributed to £1.5bn savings at the department.