Thursday, 4 March 2004

Questions (100)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

95 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he will list the tender applications for the Management Services Entity competition and announce the winning tender. [7355/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources)

The MSE is an independent body. It will be engaged to manage, market and maintain the fibre optic metropolitan area networks currently being constructed under the regional broadband programme.

Notice of my Department's intention to commence a competitive tender process for the engagement of an MSE was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 19 June 2003. Responses received by the tender deadline of 15 August 2003 have been evaluated. I anticipate that the procurement process will reach a conclusion shortly. I will not comment on the identity of participating parties prior to then.