Global WAN Tender

Global WAN Tender

The objective of this contract is to transform the WAN service from the static provision of bandwidth between campuses to a service that evolves from its current state to a ‘state of the art’ SD (Software Defined) WAN with NFV (Network Function Virtualisation).

United Kingdom-Nottingham: Wide area network services

2016/S 237-432651

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

University of Nottingham
Kings Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Sally Hopkin
NG7 2NR Nottingham
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1158232230
E-mail: sally.hopkin@notingham.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.nottingham.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://intendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham/aspx/Home

Electronic access to information: https://intendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham/aspx/Home

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://intendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham/aspx/Home

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:

Networks (Global WAN).

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

NUTS code UKF14

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

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

The International Campus Network (ICN) is the University’s communications backbone connecting the international campuses. The University of Nottingham are seeking a Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner that has the ability to support, enable and mentor the University’s service delivery capabilities.
The objective of this contract is to transform the WAN service from the static provision of bandwidth between campuses to a service that evolves from its current state to a ‘state of the art’ SD (Software Defined) WAN with NFV (Network Function Virtualisation).
In collaboration with the incumbent service provider the University has developed a Global WAN Strategy. The strategy suggests a 3 Stage approach:
1.
Stage 1 — Foundation
2.
Stage 2 — Hybrid WAN
3.
Stage 3 — Software Defined (SD) WAN and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV )
The pace at which the University evolves through these stages will be determined by its ability to execute a series of discrete tasks and work packages that prepare it for each stage and by the ability of the Managed Service Provider to evolve the services in lock step with the University.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72720000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

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:

The International Campus Network (ICN) is the University’s communications backbone connecting the international campuses. The University of Nottingham are seeking a Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner that has the ability to support, enable and mentor the University’s service delivery capabilities.
The objective of this contract is to transform the WAN service from the static provision of bandwidth between campuses to a service that evolves from its current state to a ‘state of the art’ SD (Software Defined) WAN with NFV (Network Function Virtualisation).
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 0 and 6 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The contract has an initial 3 year term with the option to extend for a further 2 x 2 year terms.
Within the scope of the contract it is envisaged that, in line with Reg. 72, there is the option to modify the contact in terms of innovative technical solutions by up to 2 000 000 GBP over the life of the contract, and in terms of the provision of associated consultancy services by up to 1 000 000 GBP over the life of the contract.

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: 36 (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:

Participants will be advised within the procurement
documents if this is necessary. Parent company
and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability may be required by the Contracting Authority or proposed by participants if considered appropriate.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Please see published procurement documents.

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

No special legal form is required but if a contract is
awarded to a consortium, the Contracting Authority
may require the consortium to form a legal entity
before entering into the contract. Any consortium to
have a designated lead organisation, all members will have joint and several liability in respect of the
obligations and liabilities to the contract.

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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with
Section 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
(as amended), on the basis of information provided in response to the procurement documents.
The procurement documents can be accessed at:

https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates will be assessed in accordance with
Section 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
(as amended), on the basis of information provided in response to the procurement documents.
The procurement documents can be accessed at:

https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The Contracting Authority may take into account any
of the following information:
(a) A copy of the audited accounts for the most recent 2 years;
(b) A statement of the turnover, profit and loss
account, current liabilities and assets, and cash flow for the most recent year of trading for this
organisation;
(c) A statement of the cash flow forecast for the
current year and a bank letter outlining the current
cash and credit position;
(d) Alternative means of demonstrating financial
status if any of the above are not available (e.g.
Forecast of turnover for the current year and a
statement of funding provided by the owners and/or
the bank, charity accruals accounts or an alternative
means of demonstrating financial status);
(e) Where the Contracting Authority has specified a
minimum level of economic and financial standing
and/or a minimum financial threshold within the
evaluation criteria of the procurement documents for this procurement.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates will be assessed in accordance with
Section 5 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
(as amended), on the basis of information provided in response to the procurement documents.
The procurement documents can be accessed at:

https://in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
As described in the published procurement
documents.

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

Open
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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction:
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

PROC SH ITT/817

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

no

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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 9.1.2017 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

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

9.1.2017 – 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

in days: 120 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 9.1.2017 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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: no

VI.3)Additional information

This procurement will be managed electronically via
the Contracting Authority’s e-Tendering Site.
To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Tendering Site.

If you have not yet registered on the e-Tendering Site, this can be done online at https://intendhost.

co.uk/universityofnottingham by following the
link ‘Register’.

Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at https://intendhost.

co.uk/universityofnottingham/aspx/BuyerProf
iles \
Once you have registered on the e-Tendering Site, a
registered user can Express Interest for a specific
procurement. This is done by login into the e-
Tendering Site, selecting Tenders > Current from the top navigation bar, locating the specific procurement you wish to Express Interest in, selecting View Details and then scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking Express Interest on the right hand side.
As a user of the e-Tendering Site you will have access to In-Tend email messaging service which facilitates all correspondence sent to you and from you in relation to any specific procurement event. To make sure you receive our email notifications and to ensure our emails reach your inbox please add our e-Tendering Site host email domain @in-tend.co.uk to your safe senders list and check your spam filter settings.
Please note it is your responsibility to access
these emails on a regular basis throughout the
procurement to ensure you have sight of all relevant
information.
For technical assistance (only) on e-Tendering Site
please contact In-Tend Support Desk email:

support@in-tend.co.uk or via Telephone +44

1144070065.
Responses must be received by the
date in IV.3.4).
All correspondence and expressions of interest

relating to this procurement must be made through the contracting authority’s e-Tendering Site:https://intendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham. Non-compliant expressions of interest will not be considered or acknowledged.

The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:
(i) not to award any contract as a result of the
procurement process related to the publication of this notice; and
(ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the
content and structure of the procurement (limited to
the extent permitted under the Public Contracts
Regulation 2015); and in no circumstances will the
contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred
by the candidates. Any expenditure, work or effort
undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a
matter solely for the commercial judgement of the
candidate.
Electronic ordering, invoicing and payment may be used by the contracting authority under this
contract.

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: In accordance with Regulation 86 and 87 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, the contracting authority will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day standstill period starting from the day when contract award was notified to the bidders. Unsuccessful bidders will be provided with details of their bid in relation to the winning bid comprising the reasons for the decision, the characteristics and
relative advantages of the successful tender, the
score of the economic operator and the name of the
economic operator to be awarded the contract.
Tenderers have a right to appeal provided for within
the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Any such
proceedings must be brought in the High Court of
England and Wales.

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

The University of Nottingham
Internet address: https://www.in-tendhost.co.uk/universityofnottingham/

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

5.12.2016

 

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