BBC Framework for Satellite Connectivity Services

BBC Framework for Satellite Connectivity Services

Lot 1 — The provision of Ku band satellite capacity for programme contribution.

United Kingdom-London: Satellite circuit rental services

2014/S 193-340960

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Broadcasting House, Portland Place
For the attention of: Jonny Palfreeman
W1A 1AA London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: jonathan.palfreeman@bbc.co.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/

Electronic access to information: https://bbc.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://bbc.bravosolution.co.uk

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Other: broadcasting

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:

Framework Agreement for Satellite Connectivity Services for Programme Contribution.

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: BBC sites across the United Kingdom — please refer to a full list of relevant sites contained within the PQQ document.
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
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 12

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in months: 24

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 5 000 000 and 10 000 000 GBP

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

Lot 1 — The provision of Ku band satellite capacity for programme contribution.
Lot 1 represents Ku band space segment (only) which will be used by BBC departments for the contribution delivery of live TV services using DVB SCPC and self-managed IP VSAT, from various fixed and mobile uplinks. There are regular requirements from the UK and Middle East for news contribution to domestic and world service channels. It is anticipated that the best value for money proposition would be for a mixture of full time dedicated lease, with supplementary Occasional Use, to cover peaks in demand, and ad hoc requirements which are outside the footprint of the leased segment. The BBC will undertake the up-linking and down-linking, using existing ground based equipment, manage the capacity sharing between departments on the dedicated leases, and arrange the booking of the supplementary occasional use capacity.
Currently the BBC leases capacity on Intelsat 905 and Eutelsat AB1 for these requirements, the footprints of these satellites should give the respondents an approximation of the geographical coverage required.
Lot 2 — The provision of satellite-connected managed services for programme contribution.
Lot 2 comprises a fully managed service for satellite connectivity, primarily for IP data delivery, used for the production and contribution of radio and TV broadcasts. (for the avoidance of doubt the satellite capacity required for these services is in addition to Lot 1).
The BBC has a number of reporter’s vehicles equipped with automatically deployed satellite dishes, which are used to provide live or recorded programme inserts for TV and Radio and access to the BBC’s corporate data network and the internet.
A managed satellite connectivity service is required comprising remote management of the mobile uplink terminals, satellite capacity, downlink and backhaul to the BBC. For the UK It is envisaged that these services would comprise a mixture of Ku and Ka band technologies, with a UK wide foot print and the BBC would require a tier of guaranteed capacity, to satisfy the baseline requirements, supplemented with an additional ad hoc tier to cover peaks in demand which may occur from time to time.
In addition to the UK vehicle requirements above, services may also be required from transportable terminals for global news coverage, which could include the use of C band and L band.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64214100

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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots

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:

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The BBC may at its sole discretion extend the frameworks on up to 2 occasions by up to 12 months on each occasion.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: The provision of Ku band satellite capacity for programme contribution

1)Short description

Lot 1 represents Ku band space segment (only) which will be used by BBC departments for the contribution delivery of live TV services using DVB SCPC and self-managed IP VSAT, from various fixed and mobile uplinks. There are regular requirements from the UK and Middle East for news contribution to domestic and world service channels. It is anticipated that the best value for money proposition would be for a mixture of full time dedicated lease, with supplementary Occasional Use, to cover peaks in demand, and ad hoc requirements which are outside the footprint of the leased segment. The BBC will undertake the up-linking and down-linking, using existing ground based equipment, manage the capacity sharing between departments on the dedicated leases, and arrange the booking of the supplementary occasional use capacity.
Currently the BBC leases capacity on Intelsat 905 and Eutelsat AB1 for these requirements, the footprints of these satellites should give the respondents an approximation of the geographical coverage required.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64214100

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

In the case of technology requirements, the BBC may involve its technology partner (Atos IT Solutions and Services Limited) to assist in the scoping and drafting of invitations to tender and/or the evaluation of tenders. However, the final decision as to which is the most economically advantageous (by reference to the award criteria) will be made by the BBC. The awarding authority reserves the right not to award a contract and to annul the procurement process at any stage. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments will be made in sterling. The contract shall be subject to English law. The awarding authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest, or any tender and reserves the right to accept part of a tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates otherwise in the tender document. To prevent BBC eTendering portal email alerts from being quarantined by your organisation’s fire wall or spam filter, you are advised to instruct your IT team to accept all emails with a .BravoSolution.co.uk extension (our portal provider) or from help@bravosolution.co.uk

If Section II.1.9 shows ‘Yes’, variants will be accepted provided they meet the core requirements of the project.

Lot No: 2Lot title: The provision of satellite-connected managed services for programme contribution

1)Short description

Lot 2 comprises a fully managed service for satellite connectivity, primarily for IP data delivery, used for the production and contribution of radio and TV broadcasts. (for the avoidance of doubt the satellite capacity required for these services is in addition to Lot 1).
The BBC has a number of reporter’s vehicles equipped with automatically deployed satellite dishes, which are used to provide live or recorded programme inserts for TV and Radio and access to the BBC’s corporate data network and the internet.
A managed satellite connectivity service is required comprising remote management of the mobile uplink terminals, satellite capacity, downlink and backhaul to the BBC. For the UK It is envisaged that these services would comprise a mixture of Ku and Ka band technologies, with a UK wide foot print and the BBC would require a tier of guaranteed capacity, to satisfy the baseline requirements, supplemented with an additional ad hoc tier to cover peaks in demand which may occur from time to time.
In addition to the UK vehicle requirements above, services may also be required from transportable terminals for global news coverage, which could include the use of C band and L band.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64214100

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

In the case of technology requirements, the BBC may involve its technology partner (Atos IT Solutions and Services Limited) to assist in the scoping and drafting of invitations to tender and/or the evaluation of tenders. However, the final decision as to which is the most economically advantageous (by reference to the award criteria) will be made by the BBC. The awarding authority reserves the right not to award a contract and to annul the procurement process at any stage. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments will be made in sterling. The contract shall be subject to English law. The awarding authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest, or any tender and reserves the right to accept part of a tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates otherwise in the tender document. To prevent BBC eTendering portal email alerts from being quarantined by your organisation’s fire wall or spam filter, you are advised to instruct your IT team to accept all emails with a .BravoSolution.co.uk extension (our portal provider) or from help@bravosolution.co.uk

If Section II.1.9 shows ‘Yes’, variants will be accepted provided they meet the core requirements of the project.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

Guarantees may be 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:

Where there is more than one economic operator, the BBC reserves the right to require a grouping of economic operators to take a particular legal form or to require a single economic operator to take primary liability or to require that each party undertakes joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
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: Suppliers Instructions – How to Express Interest in this Tender:

1. You should first go to the BravoSolution eTendering portal at the following link: https://bbc.bravosolution.co.uk

2. Once in the BravoSolution portal you have 2 possible options:
a) Without having to register you can select ‘View tender opportunities’ and click on ‘Current Opportunities’ to view a summary of this project. If you would then like to formally express an interest and view the documentation you should follow the instructions in b) below.
b) Register your company (if not already registered) by clicking on the ‘Register’ button (this is only required once). Next, you should accept the terms and conditions and click continue — Enter your correct business and user details — Note the username you chose and click Save when complete — You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure). You can now formally express an interest in this tender.

3. Express an Interest in the tender — Login to the portal with the username/password — Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) — Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. — Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. — This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) — You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box. 4. Responding to the tender — Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) — You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification — Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT — There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.n submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button in the Actions box on the left-hand side of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk (contact details can be found at https://bbc.bravosolution.co.uk).

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended), and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-qualification Questionnaire Document.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended), and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Pre-qualification Questionnaire Document.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please refer to Section C4 of the PQQ document.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 12
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The BBC will evaluate technical ability/financial standing of the bidders in accordance with Articles 45 to 52 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulations 23 to 25 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended), and a detailed explanation of the evaluation methodology and minimum criteria to be satisfied are set out in the Simplified PQQ document.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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: yes
Additional information about electronic auction: The BBC may carry out a Reverse Electronic Auction if appropriate.
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

PROC 2014 JP 46 Satellite Connectivity
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
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

3.11.2014 – 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: no

VI.3)Additional information

In the case of technology requirements, the BBC may involve its technology partner (Atos IT Solutions and Services Limited) to assist in the scoping and drafting of invitations to tender and/or the evaluation of tenders. However, the final decision as to which is the most economically advantageous (by reference to the award criteria) will be made by the BBC. The awarding authority reserves the right not to award a contract and to annul the procurement process at any stage. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments will be made in sterling. The contract shall be subject to English law. The awarding authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest, or any tender and reserves the right to accept part of a tender unless the tenderer expressly stipulates otherwise in the tender document. To prevent BBC eTendering portal email alerts from being quarantined by your organisation’s fire wall or spam filter, you are advised to instruct your IT team to accept all emails with a .BravoSolution.co.uk extension (our portal provider) or from help@bravosolution.co.uk

If Section II.1.9 shows ‘Yes’, variants will be accepted provided they meet the core requirements of the project.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

3.10.2014