Mobile Telecoms Services Tender – Northern Ireland

Mobile Telecoms Services Tender – Northern Ireland

The contracting entity intends to establish a Framework Arrangement for the provision of mobile telecom services.

United Kingdom-Belfast: Telecommunications services

2020/S 080-189824

Contract notice – utilities

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/25/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Ltd
Postal address: 120 Malone Road
Town: Belfast
NUTS code: UKN
Postal code: BT9 5HT
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Noreen Magowan
E-mail: noreen.magowan@nienetworks.co.uk
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nienetworks.co.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.6)Main activity

Electricity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

S1110 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services

Reference number: S1110 (2020)

II.1.2)Main CPV code

64200000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The contracting entity intends to establish a framework arrangement for the provision of mobile telecom services. The framework agreement will be for a period of three (3) years with an option, exercisable entirely at the discretion of the contracting entity and subject to the terms of the framework agreement, to extend by a further optional period of up to two (2) years, with a total potential duration of five (5) years for any of lots 1 and 2 or lot 4 and for a period of five (5) years, with the option, exercisable exclusively by NIE Networks, to extend the contract for up to a further three (3) years for lot 3, with a total potential duration of eight (8) years for lot 3.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 400 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for maximum number of lots: 3
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: 3
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots:

It is the intention to award either;

1) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator(s) for each of lots 1, 2 and 3; or

2) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator for lots 3 and 4. Criteria and process to be adopted to determine whether the contracting entity awards separate framework agreements for lots 1, 2 and 3 or a single framework agreements for lot 3 and 4 are included in the proc. docs.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 1: Provision of Voice and Data Services

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

64200000
64210000
64212000
64212100
64212200
64212300
64212400
64212600
64212700
64215000
72411000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

NORTHERN IRELAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

All works and services as per the key activities below:

NIE Networks requires economic operators to provide a solution capable of supporting NIE Network’s mobile calls, texts and mobile data requirements which are primarily consumed within the UK. International roaming for voice, text and data services are also required by NIE Networks with particular emphasis on roaming services within the Republic of Ireland.

The services required will also include, the following:

• fixed subscription and call tariffs for each voice and/or data connection in the contract;

• a fixed price subscription for each voice connection over the term of the contract. Each subscription should include unlimited calls and texts;

• a fixed price subscription for a data bundle to be added to an existing voice connection;

• a fixed price subscription for each data only connection over the term of the contract;

• NIE Networks preference is for a solution that allows a consolidated data allowance to be shared by all eligible data connections in the contract. To avoid excess data charges from being incurred NIE Networks preference is to purchase an annual data allowance and draw down on this each month;

• NIE Networks also requires a fixed price subscription for data connections that for business reasons may be excluded from the consolidated data allowance.

If this lot is awarded the contracting entity will enter into a framework agreement with one economic operator for this lot (in the form attached at Appendix M of the tender documents) with call-off contracts allocated on a direct award basis, as set out in the call-off procedure (in Appendix C of the tender documents).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 891 000.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

At the end of the term, the framework arrangement may be subject to renewal.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at section I.3) above with the reference S1100 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Each framework agreement will be for a period of three (3) years for either lots 1, 2 or 4 and five (5) years for lot 3 with an option, exercisable entirely at the discretion of the contracting entity and subject to the terms of the framework agreement, to extend by a further optional period of up to two (2) years, with a total potential duration of five (5) years for lots 1, 2 or 4 and three (3) for lot 3, with a total potential duration of eight (8) years.

The contracting entity will not award a framework agreement for all four (4) lots. It is the contracting entity’s intention, following conclusion of the procurement process, to award either:

1) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator(s) for each of lot 1 and lot 2 and lot 3; or

2) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator for lot 3 and lot 4. The procurement documents detail the criteria and process to be adopted to determine whether the contracting entity awards separate framework agreements for lots 1 and 2 and 3 or a single framework agreement for lot 3 and lot 4. The choice between lots will be based on the basis of both the quality and price proposals put forward by economic operators

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 2: Provision of Mobile Devices Hardware and Accessories

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

64200000
64210000
64212000
64212100
64212200
64212300
64212400
64212500
64212600
64212700
64215000
72411000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

NORTHERN IRELAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Description: all works and services as per the key activities below:

NIE Networks requires economic operators to provide a solution for the supply of equipment (mobile phones, tablets and data dongles), accessories (cases, screen protectors, chargers and charging cables) and car kits including fitting.

The services required will include the following:

• an online ordering portal to facilitate orders from an agreed list of mobile phones, tablets, dongles, mobiles and tablets purchased will primarily be Apple devices with a smaller number of basic and android type phones;

• an online ordering portal to facilitate orders from an agreed list of mobile accessories such as cases, screen protectors, chargers and cables;

• an ordering process to facilitate orders for the supply and fitting of car kits;

• the ability to track orders to determine their status with regards to processing, delivery and invoicing is essential.

If this lot is awarded the contracting entity will enter into a framework agreement with one economic operator and a reserve economic operator for this lot (in the form attached at Appendix M of the tender documents) with call-off contracts allocated on a direct award basis, as set out in the call-off procedure (in Appendix C of the tender documents).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 676 500.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

At the end of the term, the framework arrangement may be subject to renewal.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at I.3) above with the reference project

S1100 (2020) — Mobile Telecoms Services.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Each framework agreement will be for a period of three (3) years for either lots 1, 2 or 4 and five (5) years for lot 3 with an option, exercisable entirely at the discretion of the contracting entity and subject to the terms of the framework agreement, to extend by a further optional period of up to two (2) years, with a total potential duration of five (5) years for lots 1, 2 or 4 and three (3) for lot 3, with a total potential duration of eight (8) years.

The contracting entity will not award a framework agreement for all four (4) lots. It is the contracting entity’s intention, following conclusion of the procurement process, to award either:

1) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator(s) for each of lot 1 and lot 2 and lot 3; or

2) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator for lot 3 and lot 4. The procurement documents detail the criteria and process to be adopted to determine whether the contracting entity awards separate framework agreements for lots 1 and 2 and 3 or a single framework agreement for lot 3 and lot 4. The choice between lots will be based on the basis of both the quality and price proposals put forward by economic operators.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 3: Provision of Metering Telemetry Services

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

64200000
64210000
64212000
64212100
64212200
64212300
64212400
64212500
64212600
64212700
64215000
72411000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

NORTHERN IRELAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Description: all works and services as per the key activities below:

NIE Networks uses an MV90 system to collect ½ hourly meter readings from approximately 12 300 industrial and commercial premises. The MV90 system communicates with the meters installed in these premises via outbound calls over two virtual fixed link connections. These connections are currently provisioned over BT ISDN30e circuits installed in two NIE Networks data centres.

NIE Networks requires economic operators to provide a solution to include the continued SIMs service provision which also includes the outbound calls that are made from NIE Networks MV90 system to each SIM.

The services required will also include the following:

• an ordering portal to facilitate requests for new connections and amendments to existing connections;

• a fixed price subscription for each connection in the account over the term of the contract inclusive of calls made from the MV90 system;

• NIE Networks require help desk support with service and connectivity issues relating to individual and clusters of SIMs.

If this lot is awarded that the contracting entity will enter into a framework agreement with one economic operator for this lot (in the form attached at Appendix M of the tender documents) with call-off contracts allocated on a direct award basis, as set out in the call-off procedure (in Appendix C of the tender documents).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 2 428 800.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 96
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

At the end of the term, the framework arrangement may be subject to retender.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged number of candidates: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at I.3) above with the reference project S1110 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Each framework agreement will be for a period of three (3) years for either lots 1, 2 or 4 and five (5) years for lot 3 with an option, exercisable entirely at the discretion of the contracting entity and subject to the terms of the framework agreement, to extend by a further optional period of up to two (2) years, with a total potential duration of five (5) years for lots 1, 2 or 4 and three (3) for lot 3, with a total potential duration of eight (8) years.

The contracting entity will not award a framework agreement for all four (4) Lots. It is the contracting entity’s intention, following conclusion of the procurement process, to award either:

1) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator(s) for each of lot 1 and lot 2 and lot 3; or

2) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator for lot 3 and lot 4. The procurement documents detail the criteria and process to be adopted to determine whether the contracting entity awards separate framework agreements for lots 1 and 2 and 3 or a single framework agreement for lot 3 and lot 4. The choice between lots will be based on the basis of both the quality and price proposals put forward by economic operators.

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Lot 4: Combined Lot 1 and Lot 2 — Provision of Voice and Data Services, Provision of Mobile Devices Hardware and Accessories

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

64200000
64210000
64212000
64212100
64212200
64212300
64212400
64212500
64212600
64212700
64215000
72411000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

NORTHERN IRELAND.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Description: all works and services as per the key activities below:

• NIE Networks requires economic operators to provide a solution capable of supporting NIE Network’s mobile calls, texts and mobile data requirements which are primarily consumed within the UK. International roaming for voice, text and data services are also required by NIE Networks with particular emphasis on roaming services within the Republic of Ireland.

The services required will also include, the following:

• fixed subscription and call tariffs for each voice and/or data connection in the contract;

• a fixed price subscription for each voice connection over the term of the contract. Each subscription should include unlimited calls and texts;

• a fixed price subscription for a data bundle to be added to an existing voice connection;

• a fixed price subscription for each data only connection over the term of the contract;

• NIE Networks preference is for a solution that allows a consolidated data allowance to be shared by all eligible data connections in the contract. To avoid excess data charges from being incurred NIE Networks preference is to purchase an annual data allowance and draw down on this each month;

• NIE Networks also requires a fixed price subscription for data connections that for business reasons may be excluded from the consolidated data allowance.

NIE Networks requires economic operators to provide a solution for the supply of equipment (mobile phones, tablets and data dongles), accessories (cases, screen protectors, chargers and charging cables) and car kits including fitting.

The services required will include the following:

• an online ordering portal to facilitate orders from an agreed list of mobile phones, tablets, dongles, mobiles and tablets purchased will primarily be Apple devices with a smaller number of basic and android type phones;

• an online ordering portal to facilitate orders from an agreed list of mobile accessories such as cases, screen protectors, chargers and cables;

• an ordering process to facilitate orders for the supply and fitting of car kits;

• the ability to track orders to determine their status with regards to processing, delivery and invoicing is essential.

If this lot is awarded the contracting entity will enter into a framework agreement with one economic operator for this lot (in the form attached at Appendix M of the tender documents) with call-off contracts allocated on a direct award basis, as set out in the call-off procedure (in Appendix C of the tender documents).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 567 500.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 60
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

At the end of the term, the framework arrangement may be subject to renewal.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Maximum number: 4
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at section I.3) above with the reference S1110 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

Each framework agreement will be for a period of three (3) years for either lots 1, 2 or 4 and five (5) years for lot 3 with an option, exercisable entirely at the discretion of the contracting entity and subject to the terms of the framework agreement, to extend by a further optional period of up to two (2) years, with a total potential duration of five (5) years for lots 1, 2 or 4 and three (3) for lot 3, with a total potential duration of eight (8) years.

The contracting entity will not award a framework agreement for all four (4) lots. It is the contracting entity’s intention, following conclusion of the procurement process, to award either:

1) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator(s) for each of lot 1 and lot 2 and lot 3; or

2) a framework agreement to the successful economic operator for lot 3 and lot 4. The procurement documents detail the criteria and process to be adopted to determine whether the contracting entity awards separate framework agreements for lots 1 and 2 and 3 or a single framework agreement for lot 3 and lot 4. The choice between lots will be based on the basis of both the quality and price proposals put forward by economic operators.

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

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:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at I.3) above with the reference project S1110 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

List and brief description of selection criteria:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at I.3) above with the reference project S1110 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

As specified within the PQQ and/or tender documents available from the address specified at I.3) above with the reference project S1110 (2020) Mobile Telecoms Services.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.1.6)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.7)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.8)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure with prior call for competition

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
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: 26/05/2020
Local time: 12:00
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:

English

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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Ltd
Postal address: 120 Malone Road
Town: Belfast
Postal code: BT9 5HT
Country: United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Official name: Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Ltd
Postal address: 120 Malone Road
Town: Belfast
Postal code: BT9 5HT
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Official name: High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland
Postal address: Royal Courts of Justice, Chicester Street
Town: Belfast
Postal code: BT1 3 JY
Country: United Kingdom

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

21/04/2020