The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) approached SITA earlier this year to appoint a service provider for Phase One of the SA Connect tender. The government tender, worth up to R1, 5bn, was supposed to be the first phase of SA Connect’s broadband plan to offer high-speed Internet connectivity to rural parts of the country.
The bid was closed on 08 August 2016 in front of an independent auditor, and the six companies that submitted bids were Broadbrand Infraco, EOH Mthombo, MTN, Neotel, Tradepage and Galela Telecommunications (a joint venture), and Vodacom.
According to SITA, however, none of the bidders met all six technical compulsory requirements so the bid had to be cancelled in terms of clause 32.4.1 (4) of the SITA Supply Chain Management Policy.
The six bidders were given individual reasons for the unsuccessful status of their respective bids and a tender cancellation notice was published in the Government Gazette on 18 November 2016.