Private Dark Fibre Network Wales
The City and County of Swansea (CCOS) intend to procure the installation and maintenance of a private dark fibre network that would improve the infrastructure required to support broadband connectivity and accessibility for the City and County of Swansea. Details of Bidders’ Day below.
UK-Swansea: Optical-fibre cables for information transmission
Prior information notice
Section I: Contracting authority
City and County of Swansea
City and County of Swansea, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road
For the attention of: Lyn Roberts
SA1 3SN Swansea
Telephone: +44 1792637598
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
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Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)
Swansea and South West and Mid Wales Region.
NUTS code UKL18
The aim of the procurement is to secure long term exclusive rights of use to the CCOS and the collaborating Public Sector participants to a proportion of the fibre capacity; with the successful operator paying the initial investment costs. It is envisaged that the successful operator will install the required infrastructure and also provide maintenance support in relation to such infrastructure and to the fibre network.
To accommodate the number of organisations Public Sector participants that have expressed an interest in participating and include tolerance for a progressive implementation, it is the current intention that the arrangement will be structured as the procurement mechanism would require a framework with a 4 year Framework Agreement which will goven the infrastructure and also call off period mechanism for the for named organisationsPublic Sector participants. The successful operator will then also enter into a It is proposed the Fibre Network maintenance agreement with each Public Sector participant who calls off the Framework Agreement which would relate to the maintenance of such infrastructure and the fibre network. Due to the upfront investment required by the successful operator, it is the current intention that the Fibre Network maintenance agreement would be for a term in the region of 10 years, however, interested operators will be asked to comment on such a term at the Bidders Day referred to below before CCOS make its final decision.: with each participating organisation entering into a maintenance agreement with the successful bidder for the optimum term agreed.
Economic operators shall note that the duration of the framework agreements shall be four year but that the [maintenance agreements] entered into as part of the process may last longer than the duration of the framework agreements (e.g. 10 years in duration) due to the upfront investment that is to be made by the economic operators.
Interested suppliers operators can request an invitation to attend a Bidders Day which will be held week commencing 20.5.2013 at which the structures, scope and procurement approach will be clarified with all interested operators in open forum. There will also be the opportunity for interested operators to ask questions at this Bidders Day. Interested operators to note that an additional follow up bidders day may be organised by CCOS if CCOS deem that one is necessary, however, only those interested operators who express an interest in this first Bidders Day will be invited to any additional bidders day(s) which may be held. Please see section II.7 below for information on how to request an invitation.
Expressions of interest to attend the Bidders Day referred to in section II.3 above must be received by no later than 17:00 on the 8.5.2013. Interested operators must contact Lyn Roberts at email@example.com by the time and date specified above in order to express their interest in attending the Bidders Day. CCOS will then confirm the time and date of the Bidders Day as well as the venue by receipt. CCOS reserve the right not to consider any expressions of interest received after the date and time specified and not to invite any interested operators to the Bidders Day who do not express an interest by the time and date specified. Therefore this PIN will close on the 8.5.2013.
For the avoidance of doubt, the expressions of interest referred to above relates to the attendance of the Bidders Day only. Those wishing to tender for this opportunity must express an interest in response to the OJEU notice relating to the same which will be issued in due course.
Interested operators to note that it is the current intention to publish the OJEU notice relating to this opportunity in June 2013.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:22.4.2013