Submarine Cable Tender
Building Europe Link to Latin America (BELLA) – Submarine Cable Spectrum Procurement.
United Kingdom-Cambridge: Telecommunications services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
City House, 126-130 Hills Road
Contact point(s): www.geant-procurement.net
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
CB2 1PQ Cambridge
Telephone: +44 1223371300
Fax: +44 1223371371
General address of the contracting authority: www.geant.org
Address of the buyer profile: www.geant-procurement.net
Electronic access to information: www.geant-procurement.net
Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: 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
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Cooperación Latinoamericana de Redes Avanzadas (CLARA)
Avda. del Parque 4680 A, Oficina 108, Ciudad Empresarial, Hechuraba
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Research and Education Networks have been built around the world to link up R&E institutions (universities, scientific instruments, research centres, etc.) and provide network solutions that have been designed to meet the capacity and network performance parameters required to facilitate R&E activities.
These networks are typically built on a national basis by National Research and Education Network organisations (NRENs) and then connected internationally often by a regional body (usually owned by NRENs).
Inter-regional connectivity is typically established on a collaborative basis by the Regional Research and Education Networks of the corresponding world regions.
As a continuation of the long-established collaboration between the R&E networking communities of Europe and Latin America, the 2 regions wish to provide high-speed data transmission between a major PoP in Europe and a major PoP in Brazil. The service should be provided using a Direct Submarine Cable System (EU-LA DSCS) linking both PoPs. This EU-LA DSCS can be a non-protected submarine optical fibre system that must be deployed directly between both continents, i.e. with at least 1 pair of physically continuous submarine fibres which do not land in any third country.
This project is called BELLA, Building Europe Link to Latin America, and is funded by the European Commission and members of the BELLA Consortium.
A major element of the project is the procurement to acquire a long-term right-of-use on an EU-LA DSCS that aligns with the funding profile and provides capacity that will scale over the lifetime of the cable to keep pace with the demands of the R&E community.
The procurement is being carried out on behalf of the BELLA Consortium by GÉANT and CLARA.
A Procurement Team has been formed to resource the procurement and it is envisaged that the supplier contract resulting from the procurement will be signed by GEANT Ltd and CLARA on behalf of the BELLA Consortium and of their respective NREN communities.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
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:
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’ 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 eProcurement platform where all tender documents can be found. To participate in this procurement, participants must 1st 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: 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)
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)
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Some candidates have already been selected (if appropriate under certain types of negotiated procedures) no
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As per procurement documentation.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
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
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): — The European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect), and
— The Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG-Growth).
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: