3 July 2017
The UbuntuNet Alliance is seeking offers for capacity services under AfricaConnect 2 project. The project, funded by the Pan African Programme will build upon the high-capacity network for research and education that has been partially established in the Southern and Eastern Africa (ESA) region under the AfricaConnect 1 funding programme (which finished successfully on 5th May 2015).The programme, supported by a combined EC and African NREN budget of €10m, will increase the resilience of extant links and reach out to newly joining NRENs to the UbuntuNet Alliance from within ESA. It will support the new and improved network between the region and the world wide community of Research and Education Networks by continuing to connect with GÉANT, the pan-European Research and Education Network operated by GÉANT Ltd.
The beneficiaries of AfricaConnect are the NRENs under the UbuntuNet Alliance, the regional Research and Education Network for the ESA region. The Alliance currently has membership drawn from 15 countries namely: The Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda and Zambia. The project has European partners comprising the National Research and Education Networks (NREN) of Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal who respectively represent the GÉANT community.
This Competitive Dialogue procurement will seek to establish the shape of any contractual and commercial arrangements to support the network in terms of increases of bandwidth on extant routes as well as the establishment of new routes to newly joining NRENs in countries such as Sudan, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Burundi and Somalia. Later stages of the overarching programme of work under Africa Connect 2 may be to look at future options for connecting into the forthcoming WACREN network in West Africa (alsofunded through the Pan African Programme).
The length of any resulting contracts are anticipated to be 10 years or more and term will be one of the key aspects of the competitive dialogue process, along with commercial and contractual aspects this will be discussed in the dialogue stage as well as the potential route options.
The route options that initial we wish to consider and explore with potential infrastructure providers are (please note that not all links will be purchased and evaluation will be based upon both quality and commercial criteria), as follows:
- An STM-16 from Lusaka to Cape Town with a drop in Harare/TelOne PoP
- An STM-16 from Kariba Dam (ZESCO handoff) to Beitbridge with a drop in Harare/TelOne PoP
- An STM-16 from Beitbridge to Cape Town
- An STM-16 from Kariba Dam (ZESCO handoff) to Cape Town with a drop in Harare/TelOne PoP
PQQ documentation, draft requirements and guidance documents are available below for download. Completed PQQ responses should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31 2017, 17:00hrs Central African Time. All enquiries should be sent to the same email address.