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South Africa - Feasibility Study for the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain Digital Inclusion Project

Solicitation Number: 2012-11019A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Aug 28, 2012 3:17 pm
POC: Anthony O'Tapi
Project Information Specialist
Contract Support for USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
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Proposal Submission Place:
Tender Box Number: 1
Tender Submission Office
2nd floor, Concourse Level, Civic Centre
Hertzog Boulevard
City of Cape Town
South Africa

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study that will evaluate the technical, financial, and other critical aspects of the proposed Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain Digital Inclusion project in South Africa ("Host Country"). In particular, the feasibility study will evaluate the feasibility of implementing a wireless access network ("Wi-Fi Network") for individuals, households, and businesses in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain ("K&MP"), two communities within the Cape Town metropolitan area. The feasibility study will also evaluate the suitability of existing infrastructure and plans for extending Cape Town's Metropolitan Optic Fibre Network ("MOFN") to and expanding the MOFN within K&MP for the purpose of implementing the Wi-Fi network.

The Grantee has embarked on the roll-out of a municipal optic fiber backbone network within the Cape Town metropolitan area. Known as the MOFN, this network provides the backhaul capacity required for the Grantee's municipal ICT networks, as well as the ICT networks of other operators. The principal objectives of the MOFN are: (1) to lower the Grantee's overall telecommunication costs; (2) to support efficient and effective municipal service delivery; and (3) to support the economic development of Cape Town.

The first phase of the MOFN, which connected 70 municipal buildings with optic fiber and network services, was completed in March 2012. Existing MOFN infrastructure includes: (1) 270 km of optic fiber cable, comprised of core routes between switching centers, local routes between distribution points, and access cables to individual buildings; (2) five switching centers; and (3) a dense wavelength division multiplexing optical layer capable of supporting multiple virtually separate high capacity networks. The Grantee is currently preparing for the implementation of the second phase of the MOFN, which will include the extension of the MOFN to K&MP and the implementation of a Wi-Fi network in K&MP.

The feasibility study will evaluate the feasibility of implementing a Wi-Fi network in K&MP, as well as the suitability of existing infrastructure and plans for extending the MOFN to K&MP for the purpose of implementing a Wi-Fi network. In particular, the feasibility study will: (1) review exiting MOFN infrastructure, as well as plans and budgetary resources for its expansion into K∓ (2) evaluate the technical, economic, financial, environmental, regulatory, and developmental aspects of implementing a Wi-Fi network in K∓ and (3) provide the Grantee with technology recommendations, budgetary requirements, pricing models, and project management and implementation plans for a Wi-Fi network in K&MP.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$315,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency ("USTDA").

A detailed Request for Proposals ("RFP"), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or the Host Country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the Host Country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 10:00 AM local (South Africa) time, on September 28, 2012, at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357