High Speed Broadband in Council Owned Residential Properties

High Speed Broadband in Council Owned Residential Properties

Wandsworth Borough Council is seeking suppliers that are interested in providing high speed broadband into Council-owned residential properties. Interested suppliers are asked to provide some information and to potentially attend a half-day event.

Reference number: 1029

Deadline date:10/01/2013

This deadline is for… Deadline for Expression of Interest

Contract value:£0 – £10,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: Inner London – West Inner London – West,

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? No

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Wandsworth Borough Council

 

Description of the contract

Wandsworth Borough Council is seeking suppliers that are interested in providing high speed broadband into Council-owned residential properties. Interested suppliers are asked to provide some information and to potentially attend a half-day event. The aim of the market testing exercise is to enable a two-way conversation between the Council and potential suppliers to determine whether there is sufficient interest in the market for the Council to conduct a formal tendering process. The Council is seeking to engage suppliers early in the process as the provision of high speed broadband into residential properties is a relatively new venture for any local authority in the United Kingdom. This exercise will also contribute to the development and refinement of the service specification for any subsequent procurement. This market testing exercise gives suppliers the opportunity to be involved during the early stages of this project and participate in the development of the Council’s requirement. Please note that this market testing exercise is not a formal part of any procurement process, and that should the Council decide to procure this service then a new contract opportunity will be publically advertised. Suppliers that do not or cannot participate in the market testing will not suffer any disadvantage in the process. The supplier half-day will be held on the morning of Thursday 17 January 2013 at Wandsworth Council. Full details will be provided to those that register. The Council’s requirement for high speed broadband into Council-owned residential properties: On 19 November 2012, the Council’s Executive agreed that the Council could proceed with letting a concession contract for the installation of high speed broadband into Council-owned residential properties. The Council is currently considering its options with regards to the contract term, the mandatory requirements, the type of service that will be made available to residents and the charging mechanism for suppliers to re-coup their investment. Providing broadband to Council-owned residential properties supports major Council programmes to move the customer point of contact online and increase digital inclusion. Council tenants in particular are more likely to not have internet access (30-40%) compared to the rest of the borough (around 15%) and providing residents with internet access offers them real opportunities. A full copy of the report can be found here: http://ww3.wandsworth.gov.uk/moderngov/documents/s25823/Fibre%20Optic%20Broadband.pdf

 

Documents

Classification of the contract

72411000 Internet service providers ISP

 

Additional information

Contract type: Services – 5

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 01/08/2013 – 31/07/2014

 

Who to contact

Contact name David Osborne

Organisation name Wandsworth Borough Council

Address Room 305, The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU

Telephone 02088715845

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Email

Web address

 

How to apply

Expressing an interest: To register for the supplier day, suppliers are asked to complete a short questionnaire of optional questions which is available at www.supply4london.gov.uk. This questionnaire also forms part of the initial information-gathering process. Suppliers that are unable to attend the supplier day but wish to participate in the process are encouraged to still complete this questionnaire. Suppliers must register on www.supply4london.gov.uk (formerly procure4london.com) to respond, although those already registered will not need to register again and will be able to use their existing username and password. Please note there is a password reminder link on the homepage. Suppliers must log in, go to Response Manager and add the following Access Code: 697T85B8Y6. Suppliers should then follow the on screen instructions. The Supply4London Helpdesk can be contacted by emailing helpdesk@supply4london.gov.uk or telephoning 0845 270 7098 in case of technical difficulties. Completing the questionnaire: Completed questionnaires must be submitted through the portal by 12:00 10 January 2013. If you have any questions with regards to this opportunity, please use the message facility available via the Supply4London portal.

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