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 or companies who will roll-out a new high speed broadband network within the State Intervention Area.
A Procurement Board was set up to oversee and ensure compliance of the process. Terms of reference and membership of the Procurement Board can be found here. The process being used is called competitive dialogue, and involves a number of 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 in July 2016 and dialogue is ongoing
- Step 4: Invitation to submit detailed solutions (ISDS) - Bidders will submit detailed solutions for assessment, 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.
We formally launched the Procurement Process on 22 December 2015 with the publication of the Pre-qualification Questionnaire and Project Information Memorandum. We received five responses to this phase of the competitive tender process from prospective bidders by the deadline of noon, 31 March 2016. Three of these were invited to commence dialogue with the Department. Competitive dialogue has been ongoing since July 2016.
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 engagement with us will be managed 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.