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.
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment set up a Procurement Board to oversee and ensure compliance of the process. 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 in July 2016 and dialogue is ongoing
- Step 4: Invitation to submit detailed solutions (ISDS) - Bidders will submit detailed solutions for assessment. This is followed by a final stage of dialogue – July, 2017
- 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 of Communications, Climate Action and Environment formally launched the Procurement Process on 22 December 2015. This entailed the publication of the Pre-qualification Questionnaire and Project Information Memorandum. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment received five responses to this phase from prospective bidders by the deadline of noon, 31 March 2016 and invited three of these to commence dialogue with the Department. Competitive dialogue has been ongoing since July 2016.