Supply of High Capacity Internet Connection

Supply of High Capacity Internet Connection

IT Assist Internet Service Provision.

United Kingdom-Belfast: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2015/S 193-349968

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department of Finance and Personnel — IT Assist
Craigantlet Buildings, Stormont Estate
Contact point(s): gavin.grogan@dfpni.gov.uk
BT4 3SX Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Electronic access to information: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

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

General public services

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:

CfT 39987 — DFP — IT Assist Internet Service Provision.

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 UKN

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) require a supply of high capacity internet connection to its 2 leased data centres. IT Assist currently provides a secure internet service via 2 Active/Active load balanced 1 Gb bearer circuits terminated in its leased data centres at Telephone House and Knock Exchange in Belfast. The internet pipe supports a range of services, inbound and outbound, including email, internet access, web hosting, video conferencing and secure remote access. Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), on behalf of its client, IT Assist, now wishes to establish a new contract for the supply and delivery of internet bandwidth and associated services, e.g. distributed denial of service prevention for IT Assist on behalf of its customers. This contract will run for 60 months with no options to extend.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

72000000, 72212221, 72212220, 72420000, 72400000, 72411000

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:

IT Assist currently provides a secure internet service via 2 Active/Active load balanced 1 Gb bearer circuits terminated in its leased data centres at Telephone House and Knock Exchange in Belfast. The internet pipe supports a range of services, inbound and outbound, including email, internet access, web hosting, video conferencing and secure remote access.
Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), on behalf of its client, IT Assist, now wishes to establish a new contract for the supply and delivery of internet bandwidth and associated services e.g. distributed denial of service prevention for IT Assist on behalf of its customers.
The requirement for NICS is to have a high capacity, highly resilient, flexible internet service which is used to support the existing and growing range of data services.
This must be provisioned via 2 1-Gb bearer circuits, 1 to each leased data centre, initially sized to allow combined throughput of 1 Gbps across both data centres (i.e. each circuit should be configured to carry 500 Mbps load balanced across both centres in an active/active configuration). The maximum combined throughput should be able to increase incrementally to the full combined throughput of both circuits of 2 Gb.
Current demand for internet services within the NICS is expanding rapidly. It is essential that we balance the flexibility and responsiveness of meeting the growing demand yet minimising the total cost of ownership to the NICS. It is expected that the demand will not exceed 2 Gb.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 400 000 and 600 000 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: 60 (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:
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.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
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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

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

Lowest price

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:

39987

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

3.11.2015 – 15:00
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

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 3.11.2015
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: CPD Representative.

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

Suppliers interested in tendering for this competition must register and submit their tender through e-Tenders at the following link:https://etendersni.gov.uk/epps

This contract will not be divided into lots as the Authority requires a single contractor (or consortia) to manage the entire Service. The Authority requires a consistent and expert approach in the delivery and management of the service.

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: CPD 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 2015 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). Any such action must generally be brought within 3 months. If a declaration of ineffectiveness is sought, any such action must be brought within 30 days where the Authority has communicated the award of the contract and a summary of reasons to tenderers or otherwise within 6 months of the contract being entered into. Where a contract has not been entered into the Court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court may, depending on the circumstances, award damages, make a declaration of ineffectiveness, order the Authority to pay a fine and/or order that the duration of the contract be shortened. The purpose of the standstill period referred to above is to allow the parties to apply to the Courts to set aside the award decision before the contract is entered into.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

1.10.2015

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