Dorset Ultra Fast Broadband Tender

Dorset Ultra Fast Broadband Tender

Dorset is seeking a supplier to provide Next Generation Access broadband infrastructure to deliver ultra-fast (300 Mbps) broadband services.

United Kingdom-Dorchester: Communications equipment

2016/S 178-319351

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Dorset County Council
Corporate Resources Directorate, County Hall, Colliton Park
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr David McDonald
Telephone: +44 1305221262
NUTS code: UKK22
Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Dorset Ultra-Fast Broadband 2016 – 2017.

Reference number: DN179175

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Superfast Dorset is a partnership of Dorset Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the Local Broadband Plan and Digital Infrastructure Strategy to improve fixed line digital access to residents.

Dorset is seeking a supplier to provide Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband infrastructure to deliver ultra-fast (300 Mbps) broadband services to as many premises as possible, with businesses and high priority areas the focus of ultra-fast broadband deployments. The Solution must ‘uplift’ the digital connectivity of as many premises possible by December 2017.

The supplier will support Superfast Dorset to stimulate significant economic growth, and a range of social benefits across rural and urban communities and support the delivery of public services through digital channels.

Full details of the requirement, strategy and minimum outputs are provided in the ITT documentation that is available from the web address:

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 8 900 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK21
NUTS code: UKK22

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Solution must provide Next Generation Access infrastructure utilising qualifying NGA technologies capable of delivering broadband services with a download speed of greater than 30 Mbps to as many targeted residential and business premises in the Intervention areas as possible by December 2017. Dorset County Council will accept deployment completion dates beyond this, the Local body expects bidders to maximise the amount of deployment in calendar year 2017.

Ultra-fast Broadband — The solution must be capable of delivering ultra-fast download speeds of at least 300 Mbps to End Users to as many premises as possible within the intervention areas by the end of December 2017.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality — solution quality and viability / Weighting: 30
Price – Weighting: 70

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 8 900 000.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

End: 01/01/2018
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The Local Body remains neutral about the technology used for the Solution.

End date is 1.1.2018 plus 7 years post deployment for State Aid purposes.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

A Gap Funding model will be used. Funding is only available for the investment gap between deployment cost of providers infrastructure and revenue generated from deployment to make it commercially viable. Potential value is 8 900 000 GBP if additional funding becomes available as described in contract schedule 5.4 in Part 3 of this ITT. Confirmed funding at start of contract is 3 900 000 GBP.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

See full ITT documentation that is available from the web address:

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

See full ITT documentation that is available from the web address:

To qualify for investments, the Solution must deliver a ‘step change’ in terms of broadband capability, with the purpose of this requirement being to ensure that use of public subsidy is well justified. Step change can be achieved by a demonstration of the following:

— Download and upload speeds have to be at least doubled;

— Significant new investments in the broadband network are undertaken;

— New infrastructure brings significant new capabilities to the market in terms of broadband service availability, capacity and speeds and or competition;

— Solution provide wholesale access on an Open Access basis to the subsidised network.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 07/10/2016
Local time: 17:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 02/12/2016
Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Expression of Interests (EOI) and sign a Code of Conduct agreement must be submitted by 17:00 7.10.2016, to be included in the formal invitation to tender. The Expression of Interest and Code of Conduct must use the template forms provided on the web address:

All organisations that submit an EOI will then be able to submit a formal tender for this opportunity. Tenders must be received by 14:00 2.12.2016.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Dorset County Council
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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