Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tender for Broadband Services

Procurement of broadband services for up to 220 sites.

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

One IT Services and Solutions
Blackburn House, Falcon Court, Preston Farm Industrial Estate
For the attention of: Andrea Warburton
TS18 3TX Stockton-on-Tees
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1642635570
E-mail:

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.oneitss.org.uk2

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA354093

Electronic access to information: www.mytenders.org4

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: www.mytenders.org5

Further information can be obtained from: One IT Services and Solutions
Blackburn House, Falcon Court, Preston Farm Industrial Estate
For the attention of: Andrea Warburton
TS18 3TX Stockton-on-Tees
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1642635570
E-mail:

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: One IT Services and Solutions
Blackburn House, Falcon Court, Preston Farm Industrial Estate
For the attention of: Andrea Warburton
TS18 3TX Stockton-on-Tees
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1642635570
E-mail:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: One IT Services and Solutions
Blackburn House, Falcon Court, Preston Farm Industrial Estate
For the attention of: Andrea Warburton
TS18 3TX Stockton-on-Tees
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1642635570
E-mail: I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Other: schools IT

I.3)Main activity

Other: schools IT

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:

Broadband Services.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance Services
Service category No 5: Telecommunications services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Various schools sites listed in the tender document.

NUTS code UKC

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) Procurement of broadband services for up to 220 sites One IT Services and Solutions work with.

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the myTenders Web Site athttp://www.myTenders.org/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=16829112

The buyer has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via the Postbox facility. A user guide is available athttp://www.myTenders.org/sitehelp/help_guides.aspx13

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

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:

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: Stated in the tender document.

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 1.8.2017. Completion 31.7.2022

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Detailed in the tender document.

III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

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: (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 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 ineligible and they will not be selected to participate in this 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 ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process;
(7) All candidates will have to demonstrate that they are licensed, or a member of the relevant organisation, in the State where they are established, when the law of that State prohibits the provision of the services, described in this notice, by a person who is not so licensed or who is not a member of the relevant organisation;
(8) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the candidate is established;
(9) All candidates will be required to produce a certificate or declaration demonstrating that they have fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of taxes under the law of any part of the United Kingdom or of the relevant State in which the economic operator is established.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (1) All candidates will be required to provide evidence of relevant professional risk indemnity insurance;
(2) All candidates will be required to provide a statement, covering the 3 previous financial years including the overall turnover of the candidate and the turnover in respect of the activities which are of a similar type to the subject matter of this notice;
(3) All candidates will be required to provide statements of accounts or extracts from those accounts relating to their business.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
(1) A statement of the candidate s average annual number of staff and managerial staff over the previous 3 years;
(2) Details of the educational and professional qualifications of their managerial staff; and those of the person(s) who would be responsible for providing the services or carrying out the work or works under the contract;
(3) An indication of the proportion of the contract which the services provider intends possibly to subcontract.

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts

III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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

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

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

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

24.2.2016 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 Date: 22.2.2016 13:00

Place:

Blackburn House Meeting Room

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

(MT Ref: 168291).

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

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

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

14.1.2016

References

  1. ^

Vodafone 4G upgrade lifts rural broadband speeds

More than 200 of Vodafone’s rural broadband towers have now been built or upgraded to 4G as part of the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), New Zealand’s communications minister Amy Adams says.

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In 2011, Vodafone and Telecom headed off government-owned Kordia to win the NZ$300 million RBI contract, which was initially scoped to serve 252,000 customers. Telecom’s now-separated Chorus network division supplies fibre to Vodafone’s towers and to rural schools. The original contract stipulated that 86 percent of rural houses and businesses were to receive peak downlink broadband speeds of 5 megabits per second.

However, the shift to 4G means that speed is now being exceeded for many. Adams says more than 100,000 rural families and businesses now have access to “fibre-like” speeds, with some experiencing up to 100Mbps. Last June, Spark took the battle1 for rural customers to Vodafone, announcing it would upgrade and extend its mobile service.

Spark’s general manager of wholesale and product, Lindsay Cowley, said at the time the uptake of existing RBI products had been “quite low” and there had been murmurings of dissatisfaction with the service. Adams says by this time next year, around 290,000 households and businesses will have access to high-speed wireless broadband under the RBI.

“There’s little doubt that our RBI programme is delivering massive value for those living in our rural and farming communities,” Adams says. The next phase of the RBI has a target of delivering speeds of at least 50Mbps by 2025 to virtually every New Zealander.

References

  1. ^ took the battle (www.zdnet.com)

Letter from Scotland

Letter From Scotland

A hundred days to Waterloo

All this talk of 100 days has alarmed me. It s referring, of course, to the run-up to the Scottish elections on 5 May but somehow it sounds more cataclysmic .like a great flood or the end of an era or a regime ! I first heard the phrase at school when studying Napoleon s 100 days, between his escape from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo. But I heard it more recently when I attended a performance of Waterloo battle songs staged in Kirkton Village Hall in Dumfriesshire. And then again last weekend, when I played in my local orchestra s workshop on Beethoven s 3rd symphony, the Eroica.

Beethoven at first dedicated it to Napoleon as the citizen-hero fighting for liberty, equality and fraternity. But the dedication was withdrawn when Beethoven learned that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor and become a tyrant. A lot can happen in 100 days. But as things stand now, the SNP will be the conquers and the opposition parties are riding towards their Waterloos. The opinion polls put the SNP support at over 50 per cent, while Labour are struggling to get above 20 per cent. The Conservatives come a surprising third at about 17 per cent support and the Greens and the Liberal Democrats are trailing at less than 10 per cent. It seems the SNP have hung on to the support they gathered during the independence referendum in 2014, 45 per cent of the vote, and they are still adding to it.

Over the past few weeks there s been an unseemly scramble among opposition politicians for list seats , the second-vote regional seats where voting is by proportional representation. Already the battle lines are becoming clear. The first is a debate over hope versus despair. The SNP continue to offer hope .hope that the Westminster austerity programme can be overturned, that the price of oil will rise again, that public services can be preserved by reforms . The other parties despair at this Panglossian approach to politics.

The second battle line is over spending versus taxation. This week the Liberal Democrats became the first to put their heads above the parapet on taxation. They are calling for an extra 1p on income tax to pay for 475m of new spending on education. The Conservative have almost gone the other way, hinting at a 10 per cent cut in the income tax rate for middle income earners if possible and a cut in local business rates. This is all to be paid for by that happy policy of growing the economy . The SNP have chickened out of tampering with either income tax or council tax. Hardly a day goes by, of course, without one party or another promising to spend more on public services without saying where the money is coming from.

A suspicious accountant would tell you they are often spending it twice over. But what is refreshing about the election this time is that the Holyrood Parliament now has the realistic power to raise or lower taxes. In theory it s always had the power to alter income tax but it has never had to guts to use it. Now the Calman reforms are putting the politicians on the spot and there are more devolved powers to come next year. On Thursday the Prime Minister noticed we were into the last 100 days and broke off from his European travels to go to Aberdeen to help launch the City Deal1 .

250m of public money will be pumped into the city and shire to compensate for the downturn in the oil industry. It will pay for diversification projects in alternative energy, food production, bio-science and tourism. The Scottish Government is adding another 250m to fund better road, rail and broadband connections for the North East.

To add to the sense of catastrophe which, as I say, comes with talk of 100 days, another mighty storm is about to hit Scotland. As I write storm Gertrude is blowing in, just days after another deluge struck us the leftovers from a storm which buried parts of the east coast of the USA in record snowfalls. Here, it brought renewed flooding to Hawick and Jedburgh in the Borders. Lorries2 were blown over on the A1, rail and ferry services along the west coast were cancelled, and in Edinburgh a chimney pot3 fell onto a bus, injuring one of the passengers, just up the road from where I live.

Gertrude has already caused the cancellation of rail and ferry services in the North West and schools are closed in the Islands. We are battening down for 70mph winds and yet more rain. This is indeed an exciting 100 days.

References

  1. ^ City Deal (www.gov.uk)
  2. ^ Lorries (www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk)
  3. ^ chimney pot (www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk)