Project Prism Tender

Project Prism Tender

This procurement is designed to enable European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to purchase optical transmission equipment and services that will allow them to build and deploy 100G transmission networks within their respective countries. For Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Limited.UK-Cambridge: Telecommunications equipment and supplies

2012/S 243-399997

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Limited
City House, 126-130 Hills Road
For the attention of: procurement@dante.net
CB2 1PQ Cambridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1223371300
E-mail: procurement@dante.net
Fax: +44 1223371371

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.dante.net

Electronic access to information: http://www.dante.net/server/show/nav.2551

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
Other
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: yes

BELNET
Rue de la Science 4
1000 Brussels
BELGIUM

BREN
Gourko Str 6
1000 Sofia
BULGARIA

CARNET
Ulica Josipa Marohnica 5
10000 Zagreb
CROATIA

CyNET
Kallipoleos 75
1678 Lefkosia
CYPRUS

CESNET
Zikova 4
160 00 Prague
CZECH REPUBLIC

EENet
Raekoja Plats 14
51004 Tartu
ESTONIA

RENATER
151 Boulevard de l’Hopital
75013 Paris
FRANCE

DFN-Verein
Alexanderstrasse 1
10178 Berlin
GERMANY

GRNet
Mesogeion Av. 56
115 27 Athens
GREECE

NIIF
Victor Hugo utca 18
1132 Budapest
HUNGARY

HEAnet
1st Floor, 5 St. George’s Dock, IFSC
1 Dublin
IRELAND

IUCC
Computation Center, Tel Aviv University Campus, Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
ISRAEL

GARR
Via dei Tizi
00185 Rome
ITALY

SigmaNet
Centra rajons
Riga, LV-LV-1050
LATVIA

LITNET
K Donelaicio 73
LT-44029 Kaunas
LITHUANIA

RESTENA
6 Rue Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi
L-1359 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG

MARNET
Bul. Krste Misirkov BB
1000 Skopje
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

SURFNet
Hoog Catharijne, Radboudburcht Radboudkwartier 273
3511 Utrecht
NETHERLANDS

NORDUnet
Kastruplundgade 22
2770 Kastrup
DENMARK

Forskningsnettet
DTU, Kemitorvet 1
2800 Kgs Lyngb
DENMARK

FUNET
PO Box 405
FI-FI-02101 Espoo
FINLAND

RHnet
University of Iceland
101 Reykjavik
ICELAND

Uninett
Abels Gate 5
7030 Trondheim
NORWAY

SUNET
Tulegatan 11
SE-SE-113 53 Stockholm
SWEDEN

PSNC
Noskowskiego 12-14
61704 Poznan
POLAND

FCCN
Av do Brasil 101
1700 Lisbon
PORTUGAL

RoEduNet
Strada Mendeleev 21-25
010362 Bucharest
ROMANIA

AMRES
Studentski Trg 1
11000 Belgrade
SERBIA

SANET
Vazovova 2757/5
81107 Bratislava
SLOVAKIA

ARNES
Jamova 39
SI-1001 Ljubljana
SLOVENIA

Red.es
Edificio Bronce Plaza Manuel Gomes Moreno S/N
28020 Madrid
SPAIN

SWITCH
Werdstrasse 2
8004 Zurich
SWITZERLAND

ULAKBIM
HEC Building, Bilkent
06 539 Ankara
TURKEY

JA.net
Library Avenue Harwell Science
OX11 0SG Didcot
UNITED KINGDOM

BASNET
6 Surganova Street
220012 Minsk
BELARUS

e-ARENA
44 Vavilova
119333 Moscow
RUSSIA

JSCC
Leninsky pr 32a
119991 Moscow
RUSSIA

RENAM
168 Bd Stefan chel Mare
2004 Chisinau
MOLDOVA

ASNET
24 D Baghramyan ave.
0019 Yerevan
ARMENIA

AzRENA
9, F. Agaev str.
AZ 1141 Baku
AZERBAIJAN

GRENA
10 Chovelidze St.
0108 Tbilisi
GEORGIA

University of Malta
University Campus, Tal-Qroqq
Msida
MSD 2080
MALTA

URAN
NTUU KPI, Building 2, Of. 105 Politekhnichna Str. 33
03056 Kiev
UKRAINE

ACOnet
Universitat Wien, Dr Karl Lueger-Ring 1
1010 Vienna
AUSTRIA

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Project Prism.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
NUTS code
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
Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 4
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 8
Justification for a framework agreement, the duration of which exceeds four years: The justification for a framework greater than four years lies in the capital intense nature of the requirement for investment in equipment and the subsequent need to have access to the supplier to buy incremental proprietary components over the envisaged service life of the contract.
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 50 000 000 and 100 000 000 EUR

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
This procurement is designed to enable European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) to purchase optical transmission equipment and services that will allow them to build and deploy 100G transmission networks within their respective countries. Whilst some NRENs underwent a procurement of transmission equipment in 2012, a significant number have yet to upgrade and re-procure equipment to allow them to deploy high-speed optical transmission services.
The requirements listed below represent the general range of requirements for the NRENs and include:
Equipment:
— The solution shall have an easy-to-use Network Management System (NMS) with an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows integration with third-party provisioning, alarming and monitoring tools.
— The solution shall be operationally stable with a long Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF).
— The solution shall have a road map that ensures continued development and support for the full duration of the framework and any call off contract.
— The solution shall be based on coherent DWDM technology, although non-coherent solutions are of interest as long as there is an upgrade path to coherent technology.
— The solution shall support 10G, 40G and 100G client interfaces.
— The solution shall have a method to limit manual intervention on intermediate nodes, e.g. an Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching layer or optical switching using Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs).
— The solution shall accept injection of alien wavelengths.
— The solution shall support generation of wavelengths that can be injected into other DWDM systems as alien wavelengths.
— Each service should be easily configurable for robust protection providing intermediated and high-end protection schemas.
Professional Services:
— The Applicant shall be able to handle the migration from the existing solution in an efficient manner.
— The Applicant shall offer an operational support service with regard to software, spare parts and on-site support, with guaranteed repair times.
— Elective professional services throughout the life of the agreement shall be provided, for example, but not limited to, decommissioning and consultancy.
Coverage:
— The Applicant should be able to deliver the equipment and professional services in the countries in which the NRENs listed in this OJEU notice operate.
Interoperability:
— The solution should be able to integrate with external systems, for example, for reporting, inventory and provisioning using a well-defined API / northbound interface.
Commercial:
— The commercial proposal should recognise the potential economies of scales for purchases by NRENS through the frameworks and ensure the implications of international trade are considered. The framework should have a fair balance of risk.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32500000

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Please see section II.1.5 and II.1.6.
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: 96 (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:
These will be set out in the Descriptive Document.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
The financing arrangements will either be based on initial equipment purchase or an initial lease to buy arrangement with subsequent payments for service, support and upgrades.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Where bids are submitted by a consortium or assocition, the members of it would be required either to nominate a lead organisation with whom the contracting authority can contract with or; form themselves into a single legal entity; or to accept joint and several liability.
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: Regulations 23 and 24 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 will apply.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: These will be set out in the Pre-Qualification documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: These will be set out in the Pre-Qualification documentation.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
These will be set out in the Pre-Qualification documentation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
These will be set out in the Pre-Qualification documentation.
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
competitive dialogue
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged minimum number 3: and maximum number 7
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: These will be set out in the Pre-Qualification documentation.
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 yes
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
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
14.1.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
21.1.2013
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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): GN3 – 238875.
VI.3)Additional information
DANTE is conducting this procurement as a central purchasing body.
Organisations wishing to apply to be considered for the award of the contract for Prism will need to download and complete the Pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
A copy of the PQQ can be downloaded from http://www.dante.net/server/show/nav.2551 and the password to unlock the document can be requested by emailing procurement@dante.net (stating “Prism password” in the subject heading) so that the request is received before 14.1.2013.

There are specific requirements for the return of the PQQ and these are set out within the PQQ itself. The deadline for return of a completed PQQ is
Following evaluation of returned completd PQQs a maximum of 7 applicants will be invited to participate in dialogue.

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: DANTE 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 will 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 2006 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
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
13.12.2012

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