Telecommunications Tender – ORIENTplus for DANTE

Telecommunications Tender – ORIENTplus for DANTE

This time the EU and Chinese project partners are tendering together and wish to explore options to maintain or increase the capacity of the direct connectivity between them including multi- year leases or IRUs with potential terms of up to 20 years and potential bandwidth increases of up to 100Gbps during the contract period.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Telecommunications services

2014/S 126-224847

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
Contact point(s): www.dante-procurement.net
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
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: www.dante-procurement.net

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.dante-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

Other: UK Limited Company – not for profit

I.3)Main activity

Other: Research & Education Networks

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

CERNET
China Education and Research Network, Tsinghua University,
100084 Beijing
CHINA

 

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

ORIENTplus (Europe/China High Speed Bandwidth)

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: Between Europe and Asia
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

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

The national research and education networks (NRENs) of Europe and China have jointly funded, dedicated point to point connectivity via direct terrestrial fibre optic cables since 2007. This links the pan-European GÉANT network and the Chinese networks CERNET and CSTNET enabling scientific and academic collaborations between their research and education communities.
The current contract for EU/China connectivity provides 10 Gbps capacity up to December 2014 through a project called ORIENTplus which is funded by the NRENs, the European Commission’s FP7 programme and the Chinese government. Previous connectivity contracts and their funding have alternated between
the European and Chinese sides. This time the EU and Chinese project partners are tendering together and wish to explore options to maintain or increase the capacity of the direct connectivity between them including multi- year leases or IRUs with potential terms of up to 20 years and potential bandwidth increases of up to 100Gbps during the contract period. The contracting authority is interested in exploring contractual and financing options during the dialogue process.
Upon any successful award(s) by DANTE under this procurement exercise, where it has been made clear in the final tender documentation alternate contract forms may be defined including possible novation to Chinese project partner(s).

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

See Section II.1.5

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: Range: between 1 and 5
In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated timeframe for subsequent contracts:
in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 12 (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 DANTE 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:

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

No special legal form is required if a contract is awarded to a consortium, DANTE may require the consortium to form a separate legal entity before entering into any Contract.

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: This procurement will be managed electronically via DANTE’s e-Procurement platform. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on www.dante-procurement.net . If you have not yet registered on the e-Procurement platform, this can be done online at www.dante-procurement.net

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (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 atwww.dante-procurement.net

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

For technical assistance on use of DANTE’s e-Procurement platform, please refer to the help guides that are available on the right hand side of the screen when registering. If these do not resolve your query, please contact procurement@dante.net

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 on the basis of information provided in response to the tender documents.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates technical capacity will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to the tender documents.
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

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

8.8.2014 – 12:00
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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): ORIENTplus – Grant Agreement No 283334
VI.3)Additional information
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 (SI 2006 No 5) 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:

1.7.2014

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