The State has committed to intervene and subsidise the building of a new high speed broadband network in areas of the country where there is no existing or planned commercial high speed broadband.
The Intervention Area is identified as AMBER on the High Speed Broadband map.
A formal process is ongoing to select a company(ies) who will roll-out this network within the State Intervention Area.
We set up a Procurement Board to oversee and ensure compliance of the process. Terms of reference and membership of the Procurement Board are available here. The process is known as competitive dialogue. It involves the following steps:
- Step 1: Pre-qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) - Closed on 31 March 2016
- Step 2: Evaluation of the responses received to the PQQ - Concluded 05 July 2016
- Step 3: Invitation to Participate in Dialogue (ITPD) - Issued to three bidders in July 2016 and dialogue commenced
- Step 4: Invitation to Submit Detailed Solutions (ISDS) - Issued in June 2017. Bidders submitted Detailed Solutions for assessment in September 2017. This is followed by a final stage of dialogue
- Step 5: Submission of final tenders
- Step 6: The final tenders submitted by qualified bidders will be evaluated
- Step 7: Preferred bidder or bidders are identified
- Step 8: A contract or contracts will be awarded
The Department's specialist National Broadband Plan (NBP) team have evaluated the detailed solutions submitted by bidders in September 2017 and feedback provided.
One bidder, eir, withdrew from procurement on 30 January 2018.
The procurement is now progressing to the final stages.
Following dialogue, the remaining bidder will be invited to submit final, formal tenders.
It is critically important that the integrity of the procurement process is maintained. To date a large number of stakeholders have been involved in the NBP process. It is critical that all stakeholders are fully aware of how we must manage engagement with the Department during the procurement process. We have developed a communications protocol document setting out the guidelines in this regard. This document sets out the communications protocol for stakeholders engaging with the Department throughout the NBP Intervention procurement process.