Tender for Internet Services

Tender for Internet Services

Northumbria University intends to let a single provider Framework Agreement for the provision of Internet Services.Expressions of interest are invited from companies interested in tendering for appointment to this Framework as the sole provider of Internet Services.

UK-Newcastle upon Tyne: internet network

2012/S 132-219856

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Northumbria University
Ellison Building
Contact point(s): Procurement Services
For the attention of: Ian Bell
NE1 8ST Newcastle upon Tyne
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1912273742
E-mail: i.bell@northumbria.ac.uk
Fax: +44 1912274474

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.northumbria.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.northumbriaunitenders.org

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

Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity

Education
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

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

Not applicable at present

Section II: Object of the contract

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

Provision of Internet Services.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 7: Computer and related services
NUTS code UKC22

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with a single operator
Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 2
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

Estimated value excluding VAT: 600 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Northumbria University intends to let a single provider Framework Agreement for the provision of Internet Services.Expressions of interest are invited from companies interested in tendering for appointment to this Framework as the sole provider of Internet Services. Other Universities and Higher Education Institutions will be able to access the Framework as required.
The initial requirement relates to the provision of Internet Services to Northumbria University when the current contract for the provision of a minimum of 8mbit broadband internet service to student bedrooms expires on 31.8.2013.
The primary requirement of the system is to provide high speed access to the internet from each bedroom,independent from the University network and at an affordable tariff for students. The system will be expected to support current and anticipated technologies and to have minimum disruption to students or vacation guests during installation which would include the ability to increase capacity to each room as required.
The existing infrastructure is owned by the University whilst the fibres to the buildings are hired by the internet service provider. The internet service provider maintains and replaces the equipment where required.
The University currently charges students for the use of the service within the rent and pays an annual sum to the internet provider. Tenders should include all costs to the University, including any additional hardware and fibre optic cables required.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

32412110, 72411000, 72400000

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: no
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:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 600 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Option to extend the initial Framework Agreement for a further 2 x 12 months. The initial Framework Agreement is for 2 years.
Provisional timetable for recourse to these options:
in months: 24 (from the award of the contract)
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 2
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.9.2013. Completion 31.8.2015

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The contracting authority reserves the right to require any deposits, guarantees, bonds, insurance or similar protections which it in its absolute discretion requires.
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:

Groupings of tenderers may be required to form separate limited company, take a particular form, that one takes responsibility and liability and/or that each accepts joint and several liability.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: As detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
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: (1) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they are not bankrupt or the subject of an administration order,are not being wound up, have not been granted a trust deed, are not the subject of a petition presented for sequestration of their estate, have not had a receiver, manager or administrator appointed and are not otherwise apparently insolvent.
(2) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that the candidate, their directors or any other person who has powers of representation, decision or control of the candidate has not been convicted of conspiracy,corruption, bribery, or money laundering. Failure to provide such a declaration will result in the candidate being declared inelegible and they will not be selected to participate in the procurement process.
(3) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not been convicted of a criminal offence relating to the conduct of their business or profession.
(4) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have not committed an act of grave misconduct in the course of their business or profession.
(5) All candidates must comply with the requirements of the State in which they are established, regarding registration on the professional or trade register.
(6) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared inelegible and not selected for participation in this procurement process as detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: As detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
As detailed in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
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

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The assessed professional competency of providers to submit competent bids following the pre-qualification process. Assessment will be based on a combination of financial and non-financial factors and will include organisation profile, economic and financial standing, and technical capacity and experience.
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 no
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:

T11/3120
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 126-209015 of 4.7.2012

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

13.8.2012 – 15:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

4.9.2012
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 tenders

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

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: no
VI.3)Additional information

Please follow these instructions to electronically register your interest in this contract.
1. Go to the website located at: www.northumbriaunitenders.org

2. If you have a login, select “login” if not, select “Register Free”.
3. To register against a contract, select the binoculars beside the Latest Opprtunities Section
4. Select any relevant search criteria or alternatively click “search” to search all.
5. Click on the highlighted link for the contract that you are interested in
6. Click on “Register Interest”
7. You will receive an e-mail from the system once your interest has been accepted.
8. To access the tender documentation you must login and select “My Opportunities”. Please note.
The contracting authority does not bind itself to accept any tender and reserves the right to cancel the tendering process at any point. Tenders and all supporting documents must be priced in sterling and all payments made in relation to the services will be made in sterling.
Any agreement entered into will be considered as a contract made in England according to English Law and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. The contracting authority is not liable for any costs incurred by those expressing an interest in or Tendering for this contract opportunity. The successful tenderer will be required to give an undertaking that it will comply with UK and EU Legislation on health and safety at work and race and sex discrimination.
Compliance with all relevant legislation is required, both in the contract award procedure and during the term of any resulting contract.
The University is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. If the organisation considers that any information supplied is either commercially sensitive or confidential in nature, this should be highlighted and the reasons for its sensitivity given. In such cases, the relevant material will in response to FOI requests be examined in the light of the exemptions provided for in the FOI Act.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Northumbria University
Sutherland Building
NE1 8ST Newcastle upon Tyne
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: i.bell@northumbria.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1912273742
Internet address: www.northumbria.ac.uk
Fax: +44 1912274474

Body responsible for mediation procedures

Not applicable
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Not applicable
UNITED KINGDOM

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:10.7.2012