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
Section I: Contracting authority
Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Limited
City House, 126-130 Hills Road
CB2 1PQ Cambridge
Telephone: +44 1223371300
Fax: +44 1223371371
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)
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes
Cooperacion Latinoamericana de Redes Avanzadas (CLARA)
Rambla Republica de Mexico 6125
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
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.
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 10 000 and 1 000 000 EUR
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)
Information about lots
Lot No: 1 Lot title: 2.5Gbps
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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.
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.
Section IV: Procedure
Payable documents: no
Section VI: Complementary information
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): GN3plus – 605243
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VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:5.8.2013