Services - 431183-2020

15/09/2020    S179

Belgium-Brussels: Study on the System Architecture of a Quantum Communication Infrastructure — CNECT/LUX/2020/CPN/0062

2020/S 179-431183

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 2018/1046

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, Directorate C: Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure, Unit C2: High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology
Postal address: BU25 04/020
Town: Brussels
NUTS code: BE100 Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale / Arr. van Brussel-Hoofdstad
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
E-mail: CNECT-TENDERING@ec.europa.eu
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://ec.europa.eu/dgs/connect/index_en.htm
Address of the buyer profile: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/newsroom/call-tenders/
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://etendering.ted.europa.eu/cft/cft-display.html?cftId=6683
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the following address:
Official name: DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Directorate C: Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure, Unit C2: High Performance Computing and Quantum Technology
Postal address: Ariane Building, Cloche d'Or, Route d'Esch 400
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 1471
Country: Luxembourg
Contact person: Pascal Maillot
E-mail: CNECT-TENDERING@ec.europa.eu
NUTS code: LU00 Luxembourg
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://ec.europa.eu/dgs/connect/index_en.htm
Address of the buyer profile: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/newsroom/call-tenders/
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Study on the System Architecture of a Quantum Communication Infrastructure — CNECT/LUX/2020/CPN/0062

Reference number: CNECT/LUX/2020/CPN/0062
II.1.2)Main CPV code
73300000 Design and execution of research and development
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The objective is to conduct a system study to define the architecture and design the system of a Quantum Communication Infrastructure (QCI) for both the Terrestrial and Space segments. The tender will provide a roadmap for the deployment of the architecture with the key technologies and technology components required for the terrestrial and space segment, including R&D efforts. The costs and timelines associated to the different phases of the deployment will be explained and detailed. The architecture will have to be modular and scalable to include any new application or technology when available. This tender is part of a coordinated call with the European Space Agency (ESA) which will launch the same study but for the space segment of the architecture. The present call addresses only the terrestrial segment.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 5 000 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: LU00 Luxembourg
Main site or place of performance:

Contractor's premises.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

To conduct a study designing the detailed system architecture for deployment scenarios of a European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI), in compliance with user and security requirements already obtained. The study should include an implementation roadmap, including the costs and timelines associated with each phase. The architecture should be modular and scalable, to allow for the integration of future applications and technologies.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 15
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:

Horizon 2020.

II.2.14)Additional information

The successful tenderer will be required to work in full coordination with the industrial entities/consortia chosen by the European Space Agency to design the architecture for the EuroQCI’s space segment.

The contracting authority intents to award two contracts with maximum budget of EUR 2 500 000/contract under the condition that there are enough tenders that pass the ‘best price/quality ratio.’

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

See internet address provided in section I.3).

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

See internet address provided in section I.3).

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.5)Information about negotiation
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 13/10/2020
Local time: 23:59
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
Date: 25/11/2020
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English, Bulgarian, Danish, German, Greek, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Czech
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 9 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:

24 member states have signed a declaration undertaking to work together, with the European Commission and with the support of the European Space Agency, to conduct preparatory work exploring the benefits and feasibility of building a EuroQCI spanning the entire EU with both terrestrial and space segments. The present study is a component of this preparatory work.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
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.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
08/09/2020