GÉANT Transatlantic Connectivity to RedCLARA

GÉANT Transatlantic Connectivity to RedCLARA

The scope of the procurement is a single transatlantic link from a GEANT PoP and upgrade of the extant GÉANT-RedCLARA link.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Telecommunications services

2013/S 154-268883

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
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

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
I.3)Main activity

Other: Research and Education Networks
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

Cooperacion Latinoamericana de Redes Avanzadas (CLARA)
r.m. 317/03
Rambla Republica de Mexico 6125
11400 Montevideo
URUGUAY

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

GÉANT Transatlantic Connectivity to RedCLARA.
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
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)

OVERVIEW OF DANTE & CLARA
DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education, including the pan-European network known as GÉANT.
The GÉANT project is a collaboration between 41 project partners – 38 European Research and Education Networks (NRENs), NORDUnet (representing five Nordic countries), TERENA and DANTE as the managing partner, project coordinator and operator of the GÉANT network. Through the NREN partners, GÉANT delivers a range of services across the network for institutions, projects and researchers. GÉANT is co-funded by European NRENs and the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) by the GN3plus Project, Grant Agreement Number 605243, which is an extension to the third term of the GÉANT networking project. EUR41.8 million has been committed by the European Commission towards the funding of GÉANT, representing nearly 50% of its total costs, with the remainder being provided by funds from the NRENs.
CLARA (Cooperación Latino Americana de Redes Avanzadas) is a non-profit organisation which came into legal existence on 23.12.2003, when it was acknowledged as such under Uruguayan law, and plans, builds and operates the Latin American Research and Education Network, known as RedCLARA. CLARA is made up of 15 Latin American NRENs, with a representative from each on the CLARA General Assembly.
RedCLARA is the Latin American Research and Education Network which is operated and managed by CLARA and interconnects 13 Latin American NRENs. RedCLARA was established by the EC-funded ALICE Project (2004-2008) with further EC-funding provided through the ALICE2 project (2008-2013).
Context and requirement
The GÉANT and RedCLARA Networks are interconnected by a 2.5Gbps link between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Madrid, Spain, procured under the EC-funded ALICE2 project. This contract term for this interconnection ends on 31.1.2014. DANTE and CLARA require a Managed Network Link that will provide the continued interconnection between the GÉANT and RedCLARA Networks.
The scope of the procurement is a single transatlantic link from a GEANT PoP and upgrade of the extant GÉANT-RedCLARA link. The extant circuit cost for 2,5Gbps is in the region of EUR 400 000 per annum. The aim of the procurement is the upgrade from the current 2,5Gbps capacity to 5Gbps or 10Gbps whilst achieving savings over current spend in light of an increasingly competitive market environment. The minimum capacity acceptable is 2,5Gbps.
Tenderers should note that the link currently being tendered for will be used entirely for non-commercial purposes by the Latin American and EU NRENs as well as any EC-funded demonstration projects. There will be no commercial re-sale or commercial transit permitted over the procured link. Connectivity prices offered by Tenderers are therefore expected to reflect the non-commercial nature of RedCLARA and DANTE; the education grant nature of the funding; the special opportunities it will give for boosting research and education within Latin America and between the region and Europe; and the fact that low cost connectivity for universities will generate graduates who demand the same level of access in the workplace thus bringing all the associated economic growth opportunities that long-term strategic investments in research and education networking have demonstrated elsewhere in the World.
The procurement is led by DANTE. However, CLARA will participate in the evaluation process and all submissions will be shared with CLARA. The contract resulting from this procurement will be between the successful provider and DANTE, with joint funding from DANTE and CLARA whereby DANTE will receive the corresponding Latin American funding from CLARA.
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: 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:

1 Transatlantic circuit of up to 10Gbps capacity
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 10 000 and 1 000 000 EUR
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 2
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: 36 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: 2.5Gbps

1)Short description

2.5Gbps Transatlantic data link
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: 5Gbps

1)Short description

5Gbps Transatlantic data link
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: 10Gbps

1)Short description

10Gbps Transatlantic link
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

64200000

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

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

None
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 bids are submitted by a consortium or association, the members of it would be required either to nominate a lead organisation with whom the contracting authoirty can contract with; or form themselves into a single legal entity; or to accept joint several liability
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: Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the ITT document they will receive. Economic operators should confirm that none of the reasons for exclusion in Article 45 of directive 2004/18/EC applies to their organisation
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the ITT document they will receive.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Candidates will be required to demonstrate in their ITT response that they have adequate financial resources at their disposal.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Organisations that express interest in this tender will be required to provide this information as part of their response to the ITT document they will receive.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Candidates will be required to demonstrate in their ITT responses that they have adequate technical resources and cabling at their disposal.
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

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

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 23.9.2013 – 11:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

23.9.2013 – 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

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 23.9.2013 – 12:00

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): GN3plus – 605243
VI.3)Additional information

Initial Contract term 12 months with options to extend for a total term of up to 3 years
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 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:5.8.2013