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24/10/2014    S205

Belgium-Brussels: Study on 'Review of the scope of universal service' — SMART 2014/0011

2014/S 205-362166

Contract award notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Official name: European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Directorate B: Electronic Communications Networks and Services
Postal address: Office: BU33 04/035
Town: Brussels
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
For the attention of: Mr Vesa Terävä, Head of Unit
E-mail: vesa.terava@ec.europa.eu

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/connect/index_en.htm

Address of the buyer profile: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/newsroom/all/1374

Electronic access to information: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=451

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.3)Main activity
Other: Communications networks, content and technology.
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract
Study on 'Review of the scope of universal service' — SMART 2014/0011.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 11: Management consulting services [6] and related services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Contractor's premises.
NUTS code
II.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The objective of the study is to provide a factual and solid socio-economic assessment which will allow, together with data to be collected from NRAs, to decide on whether or not, and how, to change the scope of the universal service at EU level. Therefore the study has inter alia to assess:
(i) the socio-economic, direct and indirect benefits and costs of providing a (minimum) quality of broadband service at EU level;
(ii) to what extent the market and policy initiatives (other than universal service) are likely to provide users with broadband connections (e.g. considering LTE deployment and national broadband plans; EU structural funds; State aid);
(iii) the appropriateness of current universal service requirements and modalities;
(iv) a possible reduction of current universal service obligations to the extent the market delivers these services (e.g. access to publicly available telephone services, directory and directory enquiry service, public payphones).
In addition to that, the study will assess the affordability of tariffs within the universal service regime, as well as the possibility of additional universal service broadband obligations, namely the feasibility and costs of connecting public places of specific interest such as schools, libraries and health care centres. Besides that, the positive and negative aspects of the different financing mechanisms for universal service will be assessed (e.g. by public means, financial contributions from the electronic communications sector or other beneficiaries, and/or by consumers of fixed-line and wireless services in the form of extra charges).
II.1.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79419000 Evaluation consultancy services, 73200000 Research and development consultancy services

II.1.6)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.2)Total final value of contract(s)
II.2.1)Total final value of contract(s)
Value: 146 700 EUR
Excluding VAT

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of
1. Understanding of the tasks required. Weighting 15
2. Technical quality of the tender. Weighting 65
3. Management. Weighting 20
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction has been used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority
SMART 2014/0011.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2013/S 252-441252 of 31.12.2013

Contract notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2014/S 74-127001 of 15.4.2014

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: 30-CE-0660444/00-87
V.1)Date of contract award decision:
14.10.2014
V.2)Information about offers
Number of offers received: 7
V.3)Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Official name: Tech4i2 Limited (lead partner) with Genesis Media GmbH (partner), time.lex BV CVBA (partner), Acreo Swedish ICT AB (partner)
Postal address: Dock, 75 Exploration Drive
Town: Leicester
Postal code: LE4 5NU
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: pdfoley@tech4i2.com
Telephone: +44 7796174330
Internet address: http://www.tech4i2.com

V.4)Information on value of contract
Total final value of the contract:
Value: 146 700 EUR
Excluding VAT
If annual or monthly value:
Number of months: 10
V.5)Information about subcontracting
The contract is likely to be sub-contracted: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Electronic communication policy.
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

Official name: General Court
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
E-mail: generalcourt.registry@curia.europa.eu
Telephone: +352 4303-1
Fax: +352 4303-2100
Internet address: http://curia.europa.eu

VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Within 2 months of the notification to the plaintiff, or, in absence thereof, of the day on which it came to the knowledge. A complaint to the European Ombudsman does not have as an effect either to suspend this period or to open a new period for lodging appeals.
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Official name: European Commission, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Directorate B: Electronic Communications Networks and Services, Unit B2: Regulatory Coordination and Users, attention: Mr Vesa Terävä
Postal address: Office BU33 04/035
Town: Brussels
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
E-mail: vesa.terava@ec.europa.eu
Internet address: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/connect/index_en.htm

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
14.10.2014