Pan European Mobile Services Tender

Pan European Mobile Services Tender

Procurement of pan European mobile services in 2014 by five National Research and Education Networks (Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden).

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Telecommunications services

2014/S 059-099330

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
Contact point(s): www.dante-procurement.net
For the attention of: Procurement Manager
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: Research and Education Networks
I.3)Main activity

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

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

CESNET
Zikova 4
160 00 Prague
CZECH REPUBLIC

SURFmarket
Radboudhof, Radboudkwartier 217
3511 CJ Utrecht
NETHERLANDS

FCT
Av do brasil 101
1700 Lisbon
PORTUGAL

Red.es
Edificio Bronce Plaza Manuel Gomes Moreno S/N
28020 Madrid
SPAIN

SUNET
Tulegatan 11
SE-SE-113 53 Stockholm
SWEDEN

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Procurement of pan European mobile services in 2014 by five National Research and Education Networks (Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden).
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)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) was established in 1993 to coordinate pan-European research and education (R&E) networking on behalf of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). Since then our role has evolved to that of a true services innovator, incorporating network planning, procurement, build and operation, as well as coordination of research programmes and development of innovative services. Working with NREN partners and the European Commission (EC) in the GÉANT programme, the high speed networks that we build and operate connect NRENs to each other, and to the rest of the world, enabling scientists, academics, innovators and students to collaborate across dedicated networks regardless of their location.
These networks are built using leading-edge technologies to create advanced, high bandwidth infrastructure and end-to-end services that meet the needs of our partners and of their data-intensive R&E communities, facilitating collaboration and discovery by researchers around the world. As leaders in networking technology, the networks that we build and operate also act as testbeds for innovations, providing vital experiences that drive their successful adoption by commercial providers.
The research and education community is increasingly “cutting the cord” and research and education users are rapidly adopting mobile devices and a “nomadic” work style, both on and off campus. They want to be able to go online anytime and anyplace. However, the current mobile services (3GP; 3G and 4G services) supplied by commercial providers in many countries do not offer sufficient value: subscription costs are too high, data bundles (i.e. the data traffic permitted) are too low, and the mobile services are not connected to the research and education IT infrastructure. This limited and fragmented experience impedes the research and education community in their work.
Smartphones have increasingly become a standard (used by up to 80 %) with higher education students. This procurement process aims to significantly lower the costs of Smartphone usage in five countries representing 3.2 million end users.
NRENS are DANTE’s principal partners in creating and providing new services for users across the research and education community. National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) are specialised internet service providers dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within their country. NRENs are usually the places where new Internet protocols and architectures are introduced before deployment within the Public Internet.
DANTE is a limited liability company and a not-for-profit organisation, owned by a group of 15 European NRENs (see Shareholders). The GÉANT network, our flagship project, not only provides a blueprint for networking and service innovation, but also showcases excellence in project management, with DANTE now managing and coordinating very large-scale projects all over the world.
DANTE is working with five NRENs (see below) on a pilot to provide mobile connectivity solutions in their countries for users within the research and education domain.
DANTE is seeking to facilitate the award of a contract between each of the five NRENS and one or more mobile connectivity service providers.
Each of the five NRENS taking part in this pilot shall be considered as a separate lot. These are:
1. Czech Republic – CESNET.
2. The Netherlands – SURFnet and SURFmarket.
3. Portugal – FCCN.
4. Spain – REDIRIS.
5. Sweden – SUNET.
DANTE have placed a voluntary OJEU notice to inform the market of this opportunity and commence procurement on behalf of the five NRENS involved. It is intended that the conclusion of the procurement procedure will result in the award of up to five Agreements between the NREN and Preferred Bidder(s). These agreements will set out the terms on which services are to be made available to R&E end users (e.g. discounts) and any obligations incurred by the NRENs in facilitating this arrangement. The End User will then sign a separate contract with the Preferred Bidder.
The procurement falls outside of public sector procurement regulations, but as DANTE and the NRENS are bodies operating in the General Interest the procurement process will follow the principles of EC Public Procurement Directives.
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): no
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

See Section II.1.5
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: 1
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: 32 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: CESNET – Czech Republic

1)Short description
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: SURFmarket – The Netherlands

1)Short description
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: FCT – Portugal

1)Short description
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: 4 Lot title: Red.es – Spain

1)Short description
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: 5 Lot title: SUNET – Sweden

1)Short description
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:

Participants will be advised if this is necessary during the procurement. Parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial stability may be required by DANTE or proposed by participants if considered appropriate.
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:

No special legal form is required but if a contract is awarded to a consortium, DANTE may require the consortium to form a separate legal entity before entering into any Contract.
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: This procurement will be managed electronically via DANTE’s e-Procurement platform. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on www.dante-procurement.net . If you have not yet registered on the e-Procurement platform, this can be done online at www.dante-procurement.net

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at www.dante-procurement.net

Once you have registered at www.dante-procurement.net a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement.

For technical assistance on use of DANTE’s e-Procurement platform, please refer to the help guides that are available on the right hand side of the screen when registering. If these do not resolve your query, please contact procurement@dante.net

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Candidates’ economic and financial capacity will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to the tender documents.
The RFI can be assess at: www.dante-procurement.net using the instructions detailed in III.2.1).

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Candidates’ technical capacity will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to the tender documents.
The RFI can be assess at: www.dante-procurement.net using the instructions detailed in III.2.1).

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

competitive dialogue
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

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated yes
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

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 249-434742 of 24.12.2013

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: 25.4.2014 – 12:00
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

2.5.2014 – 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
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

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): GN3 – 238875.
VI.3)Additional information
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 (SI 2006 No 5) 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:21.3.2014