The CAREN (Central Asia Research and Education Network) project is seeking point to point connectivity to form an international data network serving the Central Asian national research and education networks (NRENs) and their users, co-funded by the European Commission and the participating NRENs.
UK-Cambridge: Telecommunications services
Section I: Contracting authority
Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Limited
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Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
To support this new phase this tender seeks to provide:
1. Intra-regional connectivity between the 5 NRENs in the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Link capacities are likely to be in the range 34Mbps to 1000Mbps.
2. Connectivity between the 5 NRENs in 1 above and the GÉANT network in Europe (www.geant.net) or the TEIN4 network in Asia (http://www.teincc.org/tein4/) either directly or via geographically intermediate points that can contribute to cost effective inter-regional connectivity for Central Asia. Link capacities are likely to be in the range of 100Mbps to 2500Mbps.
Contracts will be awarded for an initial term of 12 months with options invited for two one year renewals.
The scale and topology of the CAREN network will be determined in the light of the results of the tender. The tender will seek co-location space and services for any additional network Points of Presence that are required.
Any organisation interested in receiving the tender documentation and being eligible to participate in later stages of the tender must formally express interest to at the DANTE eProcurement portal. by 17:00 on Friday, 3.5.2013.
Organisations that express interest by the closing date will receive an Invitation to Participate in a Competitive Dialogue (IPCD) document setting out more detail of our requirements, and inviting them to provide initial responses. At the same time respondents will be required to provide information about their economic and financial standing and confirm their eligibility to participate. It is intended that dialogue meetings will be held with some or all of the respondents, prior to issuing the formal Invitation to Tender document. The IPCD document will set out this process in more detail. Expressing interest does not imply any commitment on the part of the responding organisation.
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Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Participation in this procurement is open to all natural persons who are nationals of or legal persons established in an EU Member State or one of the beneficiary countries of this programme or of Hong Kong, Korea or Russia. Eligibility is also open in certain other cases as set out in: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/prag/document.do?chapterId=2.3.1.&id=41
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met: Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the Invitation to Participate in Competitive Dialogue (IPCD) document they will receive.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met: Economic operators should confirm that none of the reasons for exclusion in Article 45 of directive 2004/18/EC applies to their organisation.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Candidates will be required to demonstrate in their IPCD response that they have adequate financial resources at their disposal.
Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the Invitation to Participate in Competitive Dialogue (IPCD) document they will receive.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Candidates will be required to demonstrate in their IPCD response that they have adequate technical resources at their disposal.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): 2008/162406 – CAREN.
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