15233. Pre-selection for competitive dialogues – new digital video broadcast services for RUV
Rikiskaup (The State Trading Centre) (6303070450) | Published April 27, 2012 - Deadline June 14, 2012
The State Trading Centre on behalf of The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) invites interested parties to take part in pre-selections for competitive dialogues for providing Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) services in an economical and reliable way.
The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV) plans to close down its current analogue television broadcast network before the end of 2014. RUV is therefore seeking a partner to provide Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) services in an economical and reliable way. RUV is in this aspect prepared to purchase a broadcasting system, sign a long term leasing contract for broadcasting services or enter into a joint venture partnership with a service provider. Furthermore, either the system may be handed over to RUV, or operated by the partner for a short or long period of time.
Emphasis is laid on guaranteeing that users experience premium quality broadcasting services. The service shall be capable of distributing Standard Definition TV (SDTV) and High Definition TV (HDTV) as well as transporting some radio programs (channels) over the same system. The service is to be ready for use in stages during the next 2-4 years, starting with the distribution of one SDTV program (converting it to HDTV within 4 years) and one HDTV program as well as the radio programs.
Additionally a solution to broadcast RUV´s programmes to the ocean area nearest to Iceland for seafarers is needed. It is advantageous if this solution is provided by the same supplier.
RUV is looking for a technologically neutral solution in the sense that RUV is impartial to the type of the distribution service. The broadcast network shall though be in accordance with European DVB standards as well as Nordig and EBU recommendations.
It shall be simple and inexpensive for the users to start using the service and a subscription fee for RUV´s programs is not allowed.
The broadcast service shall, in this phase, reach at least 99.9 % of the population effectively covering most of Iceland’s lowland. The service shall at least be available at homes, businesses, public buildings and summer house areas. The minimum service area will further be specified as coordinated service spots.
It is foreseen that the service may be able to broadcast programs other than RUV’s which is regarded as advantageous for the users.
The project is divided into three major components, namely Head-End, Backhauls and Delivery. A proposed solution shall at least consist of the Delivery component but may also contain Head-End and Backhaul components. The operation of these may also be proposed. Tenderer shall assume that RUV will be the holder of a frequency license for DVB-T/T2 distribution that may be used for the service. The TV analogue network is to be operated in parallel to the DVB service for 6 months in each area.
RUV currently operates FM radio transmitters at 100 sites broadcasting 2 national radio programs, LW radio transmitters at 2 sites and 110 own radio sites facilities. The current analogue TV network consists of 180 transmitters. Over 90 % of the radio transmitters are located at the same sites as the TV transmitters.
The operation of the radio network, radio sites, as well as the current TV network clearly has many things in common with a DVB service. It may be economical to combine the operation of these into one package and bidders are encouraged to propose such a solution.
Participants have to meet strict financial, technical and other competence qualification requirements. Following the Pre-qualification process the selection of a proposal from qualified bidders will be based on price, technical and quality criteria’s that will be used to select the most cost-effective and beneficial solution for RUV and its users.