The Ministry of Informatics in the Czech Republic is close to finalising the terms and conditions for a new tender designed to provide communication services for ministry departments and other state bodies, ministry spokeswoman Markéta Hoidekrová told the Czech Business Weekly. The contracts are estimated to be worth EUR79 million. ‘We’ll draw up the tender by the end of the year, most likely [this] week,’ she said, adding that the ministry is currently finalising the tender’s terms and conditions. The state is offering the contracts under a new law on public procurement that allows the ministry to sign a framework contract with more than one supplier.
In addition, the ministry is considering annulling the results of the previous tender although it is unclear if it will go ahead with this plan. Petra Zindulková of the ministry’s press department said the authorities reserved the right to potentially cancel the tender, adding that such a move is in line with the law. A decision to scrap the previous tender would hit Telefónica O2 Czech Republic, which won three tenders in July worth CZK957.8 million (USD ) – one for securing data transfers between state institutions, another for providing internet connections to public libraries, and a third for leasing network components. A fourth tender, for connection of public administration networks to the internet, was won by IT infrastructure firm CD Telematika.