JSL is seeking an initial two-year contract term, with the possibility of extension for up to a further year.
The predictions of transit bandwidth, given in sections 3.3 and 3.6 of the attached OR document as guidance to Suppliers and for the purpose of evaluating tenders, have been made on the assumption that these amounts of bandwidth will be required to serve the evolving needs of current Janet users.
It is possible that during the lifetime of the contract other parts of the public sector will wish to use Janet to access the global Internet, although there are at present no firm plans or statements of intent in this respect. However, for this reason, and because growth in demand from the education sectors may prove to be stronger than expected, JSL is seeking a solution that provides the flexibility to increase bandwidth should it be needed, at controllable cost and in a timely manner.
This procurement is divided into three Lots:
Suppliers are welcome to bid for Lot 1, Lot 2 or for both of these Lots. If a supplier is able to provide connectivity in both London and Manchester and wishes to offer an aggregated bid it should submit a tender for Lot 3 in addition to its response for Lot 1 and Lot 2.
If there are acceptable tenders for Lot 3 JSL will compare the charges for Lot 3 with the charges for the first ranked supplier in Lot 1 and in Lot 2. JSL will then decide whether to award a contract against Lot 3, if this would result in an overall solution that is more economically advantageous to JSL than there would be if it selected the first ranked tenders for Lot 1 and Lot 2. If a contract is awarded against Lot 3, JSL will not award a contract against Lot 1 and Lot 2.Supp liers should state, under the appropriate requirement in Section 6 08D0C9EA79F9BACE118C8200AA004BA90B02000000080000000E0000005F005200650066 003400360036003300380035003200320038000000 , for which Lots they are bidding