AfricaConnect – Connectivity 2015

AfricaConnect – Connectivity 2015

The above Africa Connect links are complemented by a number of UA and NREN provided links in the region to form a resilient network.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Postal and telecommunications services

2015/S 020-032477

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

GEANT Limited (formerly DANTE)
City House, 126-130 Hills Road
Contact point(s): procurement@dante.net
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
CB2 1PQ Cambridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1223371300
E-mail: procurement@dante.net
Fax: +44 1223371371

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.geant.net

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.dante-procurement.net

Electronic access to information: http://www.dante-procurement.net

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://www.dante-procurement.net

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: UK Limited Company

I.3)Main activity

Other: Research and education networks

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

MoRENet
Ministry of Science and technology of Mozambique, 770 Patrice Lumumba Avenue
Maputo
MOZAMBIQUE

X-Net
Ministry of Education Government Office Park, Luther Stgreet
Windhoek
NAMIBIA

RwEdNet
Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management
Kigali
RWANDA

SomaliREN
Industrial Road, Simad University Main Campus
Mogadishu
SOMALIA

SUIN
Information Technology and Networks Administration (ITNA) University of Khartoum
Khartoum
SUDAN

TERNET
P.O. Box 95062, Kawawa Roa
Dar es Salaam
TANZANIA

RENU
DICTS Network Operations Centre, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Block A, Makerere University, P.O. Box 350069
Kampala
UGANDA

ZAMREN
University of Zambia, Great East Road Campus, School of Education Building, P.O. Box 32379
Lusaka
ZAMBIA

TENET
House Vincent, 10 Ebenezer Road
7800 Wynberg
SOUTH AFRICA

IRENALA
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research — Fiadanana
101 Antananarivo
MADAGASCAR

Eb@ale
Avenue de la Democratie No 44, Gombe
Kinshasa
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

EthERNet
c/o ICT Center of Excellence, Ground Floor of International Leadership Institute Building, Madagascar Street
Addis Ababa
ETHIOPIA

KENET
P.O. Box 30244 00100
Nairobi
KENYA

Burundi Education and Research Network (BERNET)
C/o Secretariat Executif des Technologies de I’Information et de la Communication (SETIC) BP. 3385
Bujumbura II
BURUNDI

UbuntuNet Alliance
P.O. Box 2550
Lilongwe
MALAWI

MAREN
University of Malawi Central Office, Box 278, Zomba
Blantyre
MALAWI

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

AfricaConnect – Connectivity 2015.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

GEANT Ltd on behalf of the Ubuntunet Alliance and European National Research and Education Networks, is coordinating procurement efforts under the AfricaConnect project. The project, funded by the European Commission Development and Cooperation — EuropeAid directorate (http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm), aims to establish a high-capacity network for research and education in Southern and Eastern Africa (ESA) region, and to connect this network to the world wide community of Research and Education Networks through GÉANT, the pan-European Research and Education Network operated by GÉANT Ltd.

The beneficiaries of AfricaConnect are the NRENs under the UbuntuNet Alliance, the regional Research and Education Network for the ESA region. The Alliance currently has membership drawn from 15 countries namely: The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and Zambia. The project has European partners comprising the National Research and Education Networks (NREN) of Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal who respectively represent the GÉANT community.
Africa Connect has already established a network within ESA with the following links in production;
1. SEACOM CLS, Mtunzini to KDN Data Center, Sameer Park, Nairobi with drops at SEACOM CLS Maputo and SEACOM CLS Dar es Salaam, @ STM 4.
2. KDN Data Centre, Sameer Park, Nairobi to Liquid Rwanda PoP, Kigali with a drop at NITA-U Data Centre, Statistics House, Kampala, @ STM 4.
3. EASSY CLS, Mtunzini to Amsterdam with a drop at KDN Data Centre, Sameer Park, Nairobi, @ STM 4.
4. Seacom CLS, Dar Es Salaam to Lusaka, @ STM 4.
The above Africa Connect links are complemented by a number of UA and NREN provided links in the region to form a resilient network.
The nature of the funding from DG DEVCO is such that an 8 % proportion of the 14 750 000 EUR budget (1 180 000 EUR) is retained by the EC until after the project is closed and has been subject to an EC review. GÉANT and the UA are seeking proposals for increases in bandwidth on these routes that will need to be implemented and invoiced before the project closes in May 2015.
However it must be noted that funds to support such bandwidth increases will not be available until after the project is closed and has been subject to a satisfactory review by the European Commission. Only then will funds be released by DG Devco. GÉANT and the UA are not able to commit any upfront funding of this magnitude and so a Competitive Dialogue procedure is being embarked upon to establish the potential that may exist in respect of commercial providers who are able to work within the GÉANT — DEVCO grant fund contractual and commercial environment.
This Competitive Dialogue procurement will seek to establish what the contractual and commercial construct will be that can support the increase of bandwidth on extant routes or the establishment of new routes with deferred payment options.
The term of the contract is anticipated to be 10 years, this will be discussed in the dialogue stage as well as the potential route options.

PQQ documentation, draft requirements and guidance documents are available at www.dante-procurement.net

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64000000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 120 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

None.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Where bids are submitted by a consortium or association, the members of it would be required either to nominate a lead organisation with whom the contracting authority can contract with; or form themselves into a single legal entity; or to accept joint several liability.

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive. Economic operators should confirm that none of the reasons for exclusion in Article 45 or directive 2004/18/EC applies to their organisation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Candidates will be required to demonstrate as part of their response to the Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive that they have adequate financial resources at their disposal.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Candidates will be required to demonstrate as part of their response to the Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive that they have adequate technical resources at their disposal.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

competitive dialogue
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

20.2.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): FED/2010/255139.
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: GEANT will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

21.1.2015

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