Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)
Universal Service Provision Secretariat
Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor,
Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Manama District, Abuja, FCT
Invitation to Tender Base Transceiver Station (BTS) Project
One of the main programmes of the USPF under the 2013-2017 Strategic Management Plan (SMP) is to fast track the roll-out of BTS and associated infrastructure to expand telecoms services in un-served and underserved areas and communities across the country.
Consequently, USPF has provided sufficient funds in the 2013 appropriation to facilitate the expansion of mobile services to areas/communities currently without any service.
2. Objective of the Project
The objective of this project is to extend mobile telephony and mobile broadband services to communities and groups that are not currently covered by any of the existing operators in order to achieve the mandate of the USPF and the goals and objectives of the National Broadband Plan 2013-2018.
The locations that are being targeted in this phase of the BTS project are grouped into clusters of communities currently the least connected. The clusters are attached to the RFP.
In consideration of the above, successful companies shall be supported with incentives in form of subsidy on an output based model to deploy BTS and associated infrastructures to identified locations across the country.
4. Eligibility Criteria:
As this project is intended to extend mobile coverage to areas currently left un-served companies tendering for this project must meet one or all of the following conditions:
4.1 Mandatory/Specific Conditions
An existing network operating company with proven subscriber base OR A consortium that includes one or more of the existing network operators.
4.2 General Conditions
All tenders must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act 2007 and must attach the following:
a. Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose certificate of incorporation and form Co7.
b. Submit Articles and Memorandum of Association of their Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives
c. Must have three year Tax Clearance certificates (2010, 2011 and 2012).
d. Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.
e. Audited accounts for the last three years.
f. Provide verifiable evidence of financial capacity to execute the project.
g. Have a proper understanding of telecommunications solutions for rural areas.
h. Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers
i. Detail evidence of compliance with Pension Act 2004 including evidence of remittances and ITF contribution.
j. A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this engagement.
5. Methods of Submission of Proposal
Interested bidders are required to collect RFP documents from the Procurement Department of the USPF Secretariat upon presentation of receipt evidencing the payment of a non-refundable tender, fee of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250, 000.00) only.
All Bidders must submit three (3) copies each of the Technical and Financial proposals in separate sealed envelopes, which must be clearly marked USPF/ RFP/BTS/2013 /Technical /Cluster No. (Kindly enclose a soft copy of the Technical Proposal on a compact disk) and USPF / RFP / BTS / 2013 / Financial / Cluster No respectively.
A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement must also be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/BTS/Cluster No.
All bidders are to note that a Bidders’ Conference will be held as follows:
Date: 10th September 2013
Venue: NCC Conference Room
Time: 12 Noon
Failure to comply with the above tendering instructions will lead to disqualification.
All tender documents must he Hand Delivered and should reach the office of the undersigned on or before 19th November, 2013, by 5.00 pm.
Universal Service Provision Fund
USP Secretariat 9th Floor
Nigerian Communications Commission
Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama – Abuja
Secretary Universal Service Provision Fund