Telecommunications Tender – 10 Gbps Connectivity to Ireland

Telecommunications Tender – 10 Gbps Connectivity to Ireland

This procurement will establish a contract for capacity services at 20 Gbps between Dublin and London. It is being conducted under the 2006 Regulations in the form of an Open Procedure.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Telecommunications services

2014/S 202-357532

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
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

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.dante-procurement.net

Electronic access to information: http://www.dante-procurement.net

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://www.dante-procurement.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: Not for Profit Organisation owned by European NRENs

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: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

10 Gbps Connectivity to Ireland.

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)

This procurement will establish a contract for capacity services at 20 Gbps between Dublin and London. It is being conducted under the 2006 Regulations in the form of an Open Procedure and Dante is seeking solution proposals and pricing for layer 2, multiple 10 Gbps circuits to refresh the connectivity to the Republic of Ireland. Connectivity for the Republic of Ireland’s NREN HEAnet, is delivered through two diverse links. One of these (provided in partnership with the English NREN, Janet) will remain and the scope of this procurement is for a replacement to the other existing link. This is required to be diverse from the Janet link and once implemented will provide 20 Gbps of protected capacity. The contract that may be awarded from this procurement will run for a maximum term of 3 years and will allow for increases in capacity in 10 Gbps increments. Dante may in the life of the contract require the London end of the Service to be shifted to Telectiy Manchester. Bidders are required to identify prices/options for doing this as part of their offer.

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 one or more 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:

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: no

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: 1Lot title: Dublin-London 20 Gbps (2*10 Gbps) Wavelength Service — 3 year lease (Initial Term 12 months plus 2 optional extensions)

1)Short description

NB Yr 2 and Yr 3 pricing should be stated to include any renewal discount or consideration to market rate reductions.
With option pricing for additional 10 Gbps wavelengths on a 12 month term (or part of), so they can be co-terminated (pricing to be stated on a full 12 month term for the purpose of evaluation).
Option pricing should be included to re-home the service to Manchester during the Service life.

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: 2Lot title: Dublin-London 20 Gbps (2*10 Gbps) Wavelength Service — 3 year lease (committed 3 year term)

1)Short description

NB For the avoidance of doubt the costs are to be paid over the contract period.
With option pricing for additional 10 Gbps wavelengths on a 12 month term (or part of), so they can be co-terminated (pricing to be stated on a full 12 month term for the purpose of evaluation).
Option pricing should be included to re-home the service to Manchester during the Service life.

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: 3Lot title: Dublin (InterXion PoP option)-London 20Gbps (2*10Gbps) Wavelength Service — 3 year lease (Initial Term 12 months plus 2 optional extensions)

1)Short description

NB Yr 2 and Yr 3 pricing should be stated to include any renewal discount or consideration to market rate reductions.
With option pricing for additional 10 Gbps wavelengths on a 12 month term (or part of), so they can be co-terminated (pricing to be stated on a full 12 month term for the purpose of evaluation).
Option pricing should be included to re-home the service to Manchester during the Service life.

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: 4Lot title: Dublin (InterXion PoP option)-London 20Gbps (2*10Gbps) Wavelength Service — 3 year lease (committed 3 year term)

1)Short description

NB For the avoidance of doubt the costs are to be paid over the contract period.
With option pricing for additional 10 Gbps wavelengths on a 12 month term (or part of), so they can be co-terminated (pricing to be stated on a full 12 month term for the purpose of evaluation).
Option pricing should be included to re-home the service to Manchester during the Service life.

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:

No specific 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.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

No specific 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: Candidates’ personal situation will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to a Selection Questionnaire. This procurement will be managed electronically via DANTE’s e-Procurement platform where all tender documents can be found. 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.

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 Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation 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.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Candidates will be required to demonstrate as part of their response to the Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive 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 Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Candidates will be required to demonstrate as part of their response to the Selection questionnaire within the tender documentation they will receive that they have adequate technical resources 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
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: 2014/S 86-150394 of 3.5.2014

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

17.11.2014 – 09:00
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

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): RI-605243 – GN3PLUS.
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 communicate to tenders. 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:

16.10.2014