SWIFT Moving On Broadband Plan

(ESSEX, ON) – On May 12, the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Network will release a two-stage Request for Pre-Qualification, an RFPQ resulting in a list of prequalified respondents. Successfully prequalified respondents will be invited to respond to subsequent Requests for Proposals to begin investing nearly $300 million in building broadband for everyone in southwestern Ontario, Caledon, and the Niagara Region.

The RFPQ process will contain two stages and will be used to establish a list of prequalified respondents to submit proposal(s) in response to subsequent RFP(s) for the network construction. The network will be competitively bid and designed through an RFP process.

The RFPQ is expected to be released on or about May 12, 2017 with the primary focus being on stage one of the process.

Stage one of the RFPQ process will require respondents to share information about the exact location of their existing infrastructure and known service gaps, as well as their business structure and financial plans. The RFPQ will begin the process of establishing critical network standards and eligibility criteria for building the SWIFT network.

The location and amount of fibre-optic infrastructure built in each community will be determined by the final overall design of the project, as informed by the RFPQ process. The final proposed project design will be released through RFP in late 2017 and confirmed when respondents are selected to build out the project.

In order to participate in the RFP, interested respondents must participate and be prequalified through the RFPQ process.

SWIFT is using this multi-stage process to ensure the goals of the project are achieved within the projected timeline. Responding to the RFPQ will require a significant amount information sharing, time, and effort, therefore it is important that interested respondents begin preparing to respond well in advance of the anticipated May 12 release of the RFPQ.

This update is to remind interested parties, as well as the general public, about the upcoming release of the RFPQ and provide as much advance notice of the RFPQ/RFP process as possible, in order to proactively prevent delays in building the network.

The RFPQ and RFP(s) will be posted on Bonfire along with details of all bid opportunities posted online as they are released. All information will be cross-posted and shared through the website and mailing list.

There has been a portal lunched to help interested bidders understand the project and the procurement process.

For further information, visit the SWIFT website.

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