E2BN Network Framework Tender

E2BN Network Framework Tender

The East of England Broadband Network (E2BN) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced suppliers who wish to be considered for inclusion in a Framework Agreement(s) for the provision of Network associated equipment and services with the focus on last mile connectivity.

United Kingdom-Hinxworth: Communications network

2014/S 158-284701

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

East of England Broadband Network (Regional Broadband Consortium)
Unit 1 Saltmore Farm, New Inn Road, Hertfordshire
For the attention of: Chris Kastel
SG7 5EZ Hinxworth
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1462834588
E-mail: tender@e2bn.org
Fax: +44 1462834585

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.e2bn.org

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA1747

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

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Education

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

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

E2BN Network Framework Tender.

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

Services
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Primarily the East of England plus call-off use by other public sector users within the UK (United Kingdom).

NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 9

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

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

The East of England Broadband Network (E2BN) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced suppliers who wish to be considered for inclusion in a Framework Agreement(s) for the provision of Network associated equipment and services with the focus on last mile connectivity.
E2BN was formed as part of the National Grid for Learning initiative and currently represents the local government authorities of Cambridgeshire County Council, , Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council, and the unitary authorities of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea. Other public authority members may properly be admitted from time to time. E2BN aims are to: (a) provide high quality learning content to schools, other learners, learning institutions and the general public; and (b) provide links with public institutions, such as Local Authorities, libraries; and (c) secure best value high bandwidth connectivity and other associated services for schools and other relevant bodies.
E2BN are currently connecting many schools directly throughout the UK.
Much of E2BNs existing provision is through existing contracted provision which expires in autumn 2014. E2BN are now seeking to refresh that contracted position with the award of a new framework contract which is expected to be for a period of up to 3 years with the option to extend by a further 1 year.
The replacement of Framework Agreement arrangements for the following:
1. Network routing and switching equipment (including wireless transmission equipment and antenna);
2. Software for operating and managing network equipment;
3. Other network associated equipment and services such as servers, firewall, cabling, caching equipment, content delivery mechanisms, telephony equipment, video communication, etc;
4. Carrier services providing data, voice, video and other multi media services;
5. Hosting, co-location and other services such as offsite backup;
6. Installation, maintenance and support services for such equipment and services;
7. Associated consultancy services such as network design, analysis, security, and project management.
The framework is expected to enable not only E2BN but its members and their associated public partners and other educational users within the UK having a character similar to E2BN’s members or their associated partners to benefit from competed best value call off of relevant services. It is also expected the framework will enable service users to expand, upgrade and replace network based services.
E2BN will seek from suppliers the most appropriate, economically advantageous solution to the services and supplies referred to in the Descriptive Document and above. Contracts may be let for one or more of the requirements above or any part or parts thereof.
Any company bidding should be adequately experienced in managing and administering contracts and services of this size. Financial and other information need not be supplied initially as a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and a Descriptive Document will be issued to all companies expressing an interest.
Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visithttp://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA1747 or tender@e2bn.org

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders Web Site athttp://www.myTenders.org/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=139016.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
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

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Network Services — Carrier Services

1)Short description

Connectivity of various sites utilising all types of connectivity available as appropriate,directly or via Local Authority sites.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

6422700032412000

3)Quantity or scope

This is seen as the main requirement and is expected to attract the majority of orders.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Network Services — Hardware

1)Short description

Primarily in support of Lot 1 but also to compliment existing networks the following types of equipment may be required: Network routing and switching equipment including wireless; software for operating and managing network equipment; other network associated equipment such as servers, caching equipment, telephony and video communications; hosting and other services such as backup; Installation, maintenance and support services for such equipment and services.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

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3)Quantity or scope

The framework is expected to enable not only E2BN but also its members and their associated public sector partners with a best value procurement route.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
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:

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: (1) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance.
(2) All candidates will be required to provide a statement, covering the 3 previous financial years including the overall turnover of the candidate and the turnover in respect of the activities which are of a similar type to the subject matter of this notice.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) A statement of the candidate’s average annual number of staff and managerial staff over the previous 3 years.
(2) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Most economical advantageous tender.
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
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

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

26.9.2014 – 12:00

IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

6.10.2014

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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

(MT Ref:139016).
VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Chris Kastel
Unit 1 Saltmore Farm Hinxworth
SG75EZ Baldock
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: chris.kastel@e2bn.org
Telephone: +44 7974568826

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

15.8.2014

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