INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) -Provision of Bulk Internet Bandwidth for the Government of Uganda



IFB Number: NITA-U/RCIP/NCONS/16-17/000009
World Bank Loan/Credit Number: 5635-UG

19th December, 2016


1. This Invitation for Bids (IFB) follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project that appeared in UNDB online on 3rd July 2015.


2. The Government of Uganda represented by the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) has received a credit from the International Development Association towards the cost of the Regional Communication Infrastructure Program (RCIP) Uganda project and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under the Contract(s) for Provision of Bulk Internet Bandwidth for the Government of Uganda.


3. NITA-U serves as the implementing agency for the project and now invites sealed bids from eligible Bidders for the provision of bulk Internet bandwidth for Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Local Governments, and Target User Groups.


The objectives for the project include the following:


(i) Improving broadband affordability and access to the internet established by the UN Broadband Commission.


(ii) Enable NITA – U rollout e-Government services such as online education, and health that are dependent on the accessibility to high speed internet service to the rural schools and hospitals;

(iii) Promote the BPO industry across the country through the delivery of affordable internet bandwidth in all the towns that will be covered by the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI).


4. Bidding will be conducted using the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines:


Procurement under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits, edition of January 2011, revised July 2014), and is open to all Bidders eligible as defined in these Guidelines that meet the following minimum qualification criteria stated in section III of the bidding document:



(i) Audited accounts for the last three years reflecting an annual turnover of an average annual turnover of at least twice the bid price.


(ii) Evidence/documentation of at least four


(4) similar contracts undertaken in the past five years including current year and corresponding values of the said contracts.



(iii) Experience of at least five (5) years of the similar nature and capacity


(iv) At least 3 operational service level agreements (SLA) with other operators and/or customers.

(v) Supplied similar size of bandwidth and quality of service specified in this bid document


(vi) Supplier must have sufficient number of certified and experienced technical personnel to undertake all the services specified in the services schedule and to provide 24/7 support


5. Interested eligible Bidders may obtain further information from NITA-U and inspect the bidding documents at the address given below and at from 09:00Hrs to 16:00Hrs. A pre-bid meeting which potential bidders may attend will be held on 12thJanuary 2017 at 11:00hrs.


6. A complete set of bidding documents in English may be purchased by bidders at the address given in 9 below against a nonrefundable instant fee of USD 50 (Fifty Dollars) or USH 180,000.


The method of payment will be to the NITA-U Cashier or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) bank account number 006550058000001, customer name: National Information Technology Authority- Uganda (NITA-U), account title: NITAU local revenue expenditure account, bank name: bank of Uganda swift code: UGBAUGKA.


The document will be picked by the potential bidder from the address given in (9) below. Soft Copies shall be provided to bidders who have paid for the hard copy.


7. Bids shall be valid for a period of 180 days after bid closing.


Bids must be delivered to the address below at or before 11:00Hrs, on 16th February 2017.


Bids need to be secured by a Bid Security.


The amount of Bid Security required is USD 75,000. Late bids will be rejected.


Bids will be opened in the presence of Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below at 11:10Hrs on 16th February, 2017


8. The attention of prospective Bidders is drawn to


(i) the fact that they will be required to certify in their bids that all software is either covered by a valid license or was produced by the Bidder and


(ii) that violations are considered fraud, which can result in ineligibility to be awarded World Bank-financed contracts.


Please click to find

the standard  bidding document together with  the  service level agreement or scroll to the bottom of the page to download the same documents.


9. National Information Technology Authority of Uganda

    Plot 7A, Rotary Avenue, Palm Courts

     P. O. Box 33151, Kampala, Uganda Tel: +256(417) 801041/2,

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