Mobile Connectivity Services for Network Rail

Mobile Connectivity Services for Network Rail

Provision of Mobile Connectivity Services along the rail corridor and/or the potential to provide rural broadband services together with associated services.

United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Telecommunications services

2013/S 239-416316

Contract notice – utilities

Services

Directive 2004/17/EC

Section I: Contracting entity

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

Network Rail Infrastructure limited
The Quadrant MK, Elder Gate
Contact point(s): Contracts & Procurement, Network Rail The Quadrant MK
For the attention of: Vincent Fitzsimons
MK9 1EN Milton Keynes
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: vincent.fitzsimmons@networkrail.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity: www.networkrail.co.uk

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for 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)Main activity
Railway services
Other: Commercial Services deemed appropriate by Network Rail
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities
The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
Provision of Mobile Connectivity Services along the rail corridor and/or the potential to provide rural broadband services together with associated services.
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: 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 a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 10
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 500 000 000 and 1 000 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):
Network Rail is seeking a partner to provide spectrum for the purpose of using and exploiting Network Rail’s telecoms infrastructure in the establishment of mobile connectivity and other commercial services, as well as rural broadband services.
The objective of this procurement process includes providing access to and the “right to use” certain elements of the Network Rail’ telecoms infrastructure to the benefit of the successful partner. The estimated contract value stated in this Contract Notice relates to the estimated revenue the successful partner may be able to generate via this opportunity based upon an envisaged revenue share with Network Rail however Network Rail gives no guarantee in relation to any revenue streams. Network Rail anticipates the majority proportion of the money flow between the parties, will be in Network Rail’s favour.
Potential partners must be able to provide a range of spectrum, associated equipment and services suitable to facilitate improved on-train mobile connectivity along the England, Scotland, Wales rail network, including Network Rail’s own managed stations.
Under a separate Contract Notice (reference 2013-OJS 235-408839), Network Rail is putting in place a multi-supplier Framework Agreement(s) for the provision of, and possible installation of, trackside infrastructure along the England, Scotland, Wales rail corridor related to its Mobile Connectivity and rural broadband requirements.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000, 32424000, 32427000, 32430000, 50332000, 64212000, 64215000, 64221000, 64227000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Information about 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 Framework Agreement(s) will have a term of 10 years. Network Rail reserves the right to:
a) include a break clause at the 5 year point, and/or
b) a right to terminate for convenience.
The estimated contract value and duration stated in ll.1.4 above and below, is based upon the maximum potential Framework duration of 10 years.
Estimated value excluding VAT
Range: between 500 000 000 and 1 000 000 000 GBP
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:
Parent Company and/or other guarantees of performance and/or financial liability may be required by Network Rail if considered appropriate. Applicants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement.
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:
If the contract is awarded to a grouping of economic operators(eg a consortium), Network Rail reserves the right to require the grouping to form a single legal entity (with appropriate financial guarantees in place) and/or require that each member undertakes joint and several liability irrespective of the legal form adopted before entering into the contract.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions:
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Details of the applicable particular conditions will be as set forth in the contractual documents.
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: Details of the applicable particular conditions will be as set forth in the contractual documents.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Details will be set out in the contractual documents, which will be provided to those vendor’s who meet the initial Pass/Fail criteria detailed in lll.2.3.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In order to be eligible to participate in the RFP process respondents must demonstrate satisfactory evidence of the following technical capabilities.
1. A licence issued by Ofcom to provide spectrum access, broadband wireless access or cellular telephony in England, Scotland and Wales for the maximum duration of the contract;
or
2. Access to a licence issued by Ofcom to provide spectrum access, broadband wireless access or cellular telephony in England, Scotland and Wales for the maximum duration of the contract.
3. Respondents must state if they are in partnership with a UK licenced spectrum provider, and the nature of the legal form employed.
4. Respondents should state if they are an MVNO (Mobile Vitual Network Operator).
5. Where the respondent is an MVNO, state the nature of the relationship with the MNO used.
6. Respondents should also state if they have the capacity and infrastructure to provide rural broadband services.
items 1-3 above are mandatory and must be provided to the Network Rail contact by the 17.12.2013. We would also request responses to items 4-6 in order to provide additional background.
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
Negotiated
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures): no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications or in the invitation to tender or to negotiate
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 entity:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Periodic indicative notice

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 17.12.2013 – 17:00
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
17.12.2013 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
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:
Important Notes:
1. This Contract Notice must be read in full. Applicants are reminded that participation in this procurement process is subject to the Terms and Conditions set out in the RFP.
2. The duration and estimated total value of the Framework set out in this Contract Notice are based upon the total maximum duration of the Framework including all possible extensions. The estimated value is indicative only. Network Rail does not guarantee any business through the Framework. Spend and volumes may vary throughout the life of the Framework.
3. Network Rail reserves the right to terminate the procurement process (or part of it), to change the basis of and the procedures for the procurement process at any time, or to procure the contract by alternative means if it appears that the contract can be more advantageously procured by alternative means. The most economically advantageous tender will not automatically be accepted.
4. You will not be entitled to claim from Network Rail any costs or expenses that you may incur in preparing your RFP response or as a result of expressing an interest in or otherwise taking part in this procurement process. You must bear all your own costs associated with expressing an interest and/or taking part in this procurement process in all circumstances including (but not limited to) if Network Rail terminates or abandons the procurement process and/or disqualifies you from the procurement process.
5. The RFP will be issued electronically by Network Rail to those respondents who meet the initial Pass/Fail criteria detailed in lll.2.3. Respondents must comply with the Terms and Conditions of the RFP.
IV.3.2) Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
yes
Periodic indicative notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 235-961843 of 20.3.2013
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Please refer to section V1.4.2 below

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Network Rail will comply with the contract award decision notification and standstill provisions, in accordance with Regulations 33 and 33A of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:6.12.2013

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