IP Transit Services for the GEANT World Service

IP Transit Services for the GEANT World Service

This tender seeks to establish a range of non committed framework agreements, under which call off contracts for upstream services can be placed.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Telecommunications services

2016/S 202-365929

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

GEANT Limited
City House, 126-130 Hills Road
Contact point(s): www.geant-procurement.net
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
CB2 1PQ Cambridge
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1223371300
E-mail: procurement@geant.org
Fax: +44 1223371371

Internet address(es):

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

Address of the buyer profile: www.geant-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

Body governed by public law

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: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

IP Transit Services for the GEANT World Service.

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

Services
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Europe wide.
NUTS code UK,DE,DK,ES,EE,CH,BE,AT,FR,GR,HU,IE,HR,IT,LU,LV,MT,NL,NO,PL,PT,RO,SE,SI,SK,TR

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: 15

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 and 10 000 000 EUR

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

GÉANT World Service (GWS) provides commodity IP access, offering access to the wider, commercial internet. It is used by National Research and Education Networking providers (NRENs) for a number of reasons including convenience where an NREN does not wish to organise an individual connection to an IP Transit Provider as well as for NRENs seeking commercial and network diversity to complement their primary or existing commodity IP access.
This tender seeks to establish a range of non committed framework agreements, under which call off contracts for upstream services can be placed, at various points of presence as detailed in the tender documents.
The maximum envisaged number of Frameworks awarded on a per PoP basis is no more than 5 although GEANT reserves the right to award to less than 5 providers in a specific PoP location if minimum standards in respect of Technical requirements are not met, in accordance with the Invitation to Tender documents.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000

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

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The R&E networking community wishes to move to an upstream services (Geant World Service — GWS) contractual model whereby there is a greater range of providers to choose from than the current two tier one providers. This has led to the development of a ‘GWS Framework’ whereby framework agreements are established with up to 5 providers at each PoP,where the NRENs are collocated.
The 5 providers at one access point (eg Telvent in Madrid) may not be the same as the 5 providers on a framework at another access point (eg, PSNC, Poznan).
The framework agreement can have a total term of up to four years (although we reserve the right to terminate Frameworks earlier if they do not represent value for money) and specific contracts (call off orders) would be placed between any number of providers and the contracting party (either GEANT or the NRENs), with 12 month terms for each call off contract awarded during the term of the overarching framework agreement.

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: 48 (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 if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial stability may be required by GEANT Ltd 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:

No specific legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, GEANT Ltd may require the consortium to form a separate legal entity before entering into any Contract.

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

No specific legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, GEANT Ltd may require the consortium to form a separate legal entity before entering into any Contract.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates’ personal situation will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to the Invitation to Tender (ITT) or other tender documentation as referred to within this notice. This procurement will be managed electronically via GEANT’s e-Procurement platform where all tender documents can be found. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on www.geant-procurement.net

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS numbers (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at www.geant-procurement.net

Once you have registered at www.geant-procurement.net a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates’ economic and financial capacity will be assessed according to the criteria set out within the ITT or other tender documentation as referred to within this notice. The ITT can be accessed at www.geantprocurement.net using the instructions detailed in III.2.1).

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:

Candidates’ technical capacity will be assessed according to the criteria set out within the ITT or other tender documentation as referred to within this notice. The ITT can be accessed at www.geantprocurement.net using the instructions detailed in III.2.1).

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

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
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

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

21.11.2016 – 17:00
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: no

VI.3)Additional information

The Framework Agreement will be awarded for an initial term of 2 years with the option to extend for 2 further terms each of up to 12 months duration, to be exercised at the discretion of GEANT Ltd. The terms of the proposed Framework Agreement will also permit GEANT Ltd’s shareholder NRENs, awarding a contract under this Framework Agreement, to publish the text of that contract, subject to possible redactions at the discretion of the contracting body. GEANT Ltd expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will GEANT Ltd be liable for any costs incurred by the participants. If GEANT Ltd decides to enter into a Framework Agreement with the successful Supplier(s), this does not mean that there is any guarantee of subsequent contracts being awarded. Any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is accordingly a matter solely for the commercial judgement of participants. Any orders placed under this Framework Agreement will form a separate contract under the scope of this Framework Agreement between the Supplier and the specific requesting other contracting body. GEANT Ltd and its associated NRENs utilising the Framework Agreement reserve the right to use any electronic portal during the life of the agreement.
National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are specialised internet service providers dedicated to supporting the needs of their national research and education communities. The primary focus is to provide high-quality network connectivity and related services to higher education and research institutions within their countries. NRENs offer national backbones and international connectivity of exceptional quality. In most GEANT partner countries, the typical core capacity is now 10Gbps, and reaches 100Gbps in some NRENs. Some NRENs deploy several paths in their backbone, effectively increasing its capacity even further. Further information on NRENs may be found at:

https://www.terena.org/publications/files/20090127-case-for-nrens.pdf

GEANT Ltd is putting in place Framework Agreements which will be accessible for use by GEANT and the NRENs located in the countries listed within the tender documents and any future successors to said organisations, (except PSNC in Poland), full details for which can be found at:http://www.geant.org/About/Membership/Pages/MAandGAreps.aspx and http://www.geant.org/About/Membership/Pages/Membership_map.aspx

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: Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: GEANT Ltd 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 shall 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 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) 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

High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
WC2A 2LL
United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

14.10.2016

 

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