Services - 67386-2019

12/02/2019    S30    - - Services - Contract notice - Open procedure 

United Kingdom-London: Systems and technical consultancy services

2019/S 030-067386

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road
United Kingdom
Contact person: Richard Bussell
Telephone: +44 2079813000
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: UK Communications Regulator

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

User Acceptance and Accuracy Testing for CCA Spectrum Auction Software

Reference number: C20190085
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Ofcom has a requirement for testing of the winner determination algorithms and verification of the final results of an electronic system designed to run an auction. We expect to hold the auction in FY Q4 2019/2020 to award licences for spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK. We regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate. Ofcom operates under a number of Acts of Parliament, including in particular the Communications Act 2003 and the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006. Ofcom must act within the powers and duties set for it by Parliament in legislation. Ofcom’s principal duty under the communications Act is to further the interests of citizens and of consumers, where appropriate by promoting competition. Meeting this duty is at the heart of everything we do.

Ofcom has a requirement for independent testing and verification of the winner determination calculation of an electronic auction system (EAS) designed to run an auction.

As a minimum, the service must deliver the following:

— independent testing of the EAS implementation of the winner determination algorithm for the principal stage; and

— verification and certification of the results of principal stage for the actual auction.

The service should also be capable of delivering the following optional work items, which Ofcom may commission at its discretion:

— independent testing of the EAS implementation of the winner determination algorithm for the assignment stage; and

— verification and certification of the results of assignment stage for the actual auction.

Ofcom published a consultation on 18.12.2018 setting out our proposed auction policy, including proposed auction rules. Ofcom also published on 31.1.2019 a consultation on draft Auction Regulations, which would give effect to the policy proposals set out in the December consultation. The proposed rules have not yet been finalised and may be subject to change through the consultation process. The final auction rules will ultimately be written into Auction Regulations.

Ofcom has recently procured a supplier to develop and deliver the EAS to run this auction, in accordance with the proposed auction rules set out in the illustrative auction procedures at annex 16 of our 18.12.2018 consultation. The successful tenderer will be required to work collaboratively with the software supplier throughout the testing process.

It is envisaged that the EAS supplier will provide the tester with a standalone version of the EAS winner determination software that the successful tenderer will test from its own premises.

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: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Up to 2 further periods or 12 months each.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

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
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
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.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 11/03/2019
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 11/03/2019
Local time: 12:00


Riverside House

2a Southwark Bridge Road



Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Tenders will be opened by the Ofcom Commercial Team using the Ofcom Bravo Solutions procurement portal.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
High Court of Justice of England and Wales
The Strand
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2079476000

Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: