The Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS) will publish tender notice on 1 March 1997 to invite interested parties to participate in the pre-qualification tender for the licence to provide Public Basic Telecommunication ...
Singapore, 28 Feburary 1997 | For Immediate Release
The Telecommunication Authority of Singapore (TAS) will publish tender notice on 1 March 1997 to invite interested parties to participate in the pre-qualification tender for the licence to provide Public Basic Telecommunication Services (PBTS). The PBTS include both domestic and international public switched telephone services; public switched message services; public switched Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) services' leased circuit services; public switched data services; and public radio-communication services (that is, maritime and aeronautical radio-communication services). The tender document for the pre-qualification phase, which will close on 31 May 1997, will be available tomorrow.
Up to two licences will be issued. The selection of the PBTS Licencees will be conducted in two phases, comprising a Phase 1 pre-qualification tender and a Phase 2 main tender. In the pre-qualification phase, clearly unsuitable tenderers will be disqualified so as to minimise wastage of resources for tenderers, given that substantial efforts and costs will be involved in preparing the main tender submissions. TAS' approach is to shortlist tenderers who satisfy the set of pre-qualification tender evaluation criteria stated in the pre-qualification tender document. These criteria cover the following broad areas:
i) Tenderer's vision for the telecommunication industry in Singapore;
ii) Organisational and financial strengths of the tenderer;
iii) Tenderer's proposed competition strategies for provision of services; and
iv) Tenderer's network and technical plans.
The list of shortlisted pre-qualified tenderers will be announced by 1 September 1997, following which they will be given five months to prepare full tender submission with detailed technical and commercial proposals on how they intend to roll out and provide services in Singapore.
TAS expects to announce the successful licencee(s) by mid 1998 so that the new operator(s) will have at least 18 months lead time to build, roll out and test their networks for the commencement of commercial services on 1 April 2000.