UK-Cambridge: Telecommunications services.

UK-Cambridge: Telecommunications services.

Preliminary Questions
This notice is for prior information only: Yes
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: No
This notice is a call for competition: No

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name and addresses:
UK Research & Innovation
British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1223277060, Email:
Contact: BAS Procurement
Main Address:
NUTS Code: UKH12
Specifications and additional documents: As Above
I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: No.
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No .

I.3) Communication
Further information can be obtained from: the above mentioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Scientific Research

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: UKRI-2830 - BAS Antarctic Bases and Ship Satellite Internet Connectivity
Reference number: UKRI-2830
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
64200000 - Telecommunications services.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description:
Satellite data connectivity for British Antarctic Survey vessels and stations. Engagement is sought with suppliers as to options for connectivity.
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT (give figures only) : 3,000,000 - GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: Not Provided
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots: Not Provided

II.2) Lot Description
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
64214100 - Satellite circuit rental services.
32530000 - Satellite-related communications equipment.
II.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
AQ - Antarctica
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operates 5 Antarctic stations and the research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough. To ensure safe, efficient operation data connectivity is required. Due to the remote locations, satellite data services are required. Currently services are provided through a VSAT connection, however with the evolution of service options (i.e. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) connections) BAS is looking at options for future services including VSAT/LEO/Bandwidth Management and WAN integration and proposals for alternative options.
II.2.14) Additional information
A remote industry engagement event via Zoom, is to be held on 20th October at 10am - 12pm to set out our requirements, indicative timetable and to encourage input from industry as to likely options and solutions and potential costs. Interested attendees should email for an invitation and link for attendance.

II.3) Estimated Date of publication

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA )
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) - YES

Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.3) Additional Information:
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VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 03/10/2023