Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Questions (22)

Bríd Smith

Question:

22. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the procurement team will announce its decision on the remaining bid for the national broadband plan, NBP; the way in which this procurement process can have competitive tension with just one bidder; if it remains open to the team to reject this bid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41215/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

On 18 September 2018, my Department received the Final Tender submission from the bidder in the State led intervention.  My Department's procurement team is now evaluating the bidder’s detailed submission.

The procurement process for the National Broadband Plan has of necessity been a complex and lengthy process. It had the benefit of competing bidders from the outset of the procurement process and until after the Detailed Solutions stage, following which eir withdrew from the process.

Evaluation of the final tender submission is ongoing and will be allowed the time required.  On conclusion of the evaluation, my Department will make a recommendation to me on whether to appoint the bidder as preferred bidder and I will bring the matter to Government for decision.