CAT reconsiders fibre tender

18 Oct 2007

The board of CAT Telecom will meet today to discuss altering the terms of a tender for a THB2.6 billion (USD83 million) 9,000km fibre-optic cable rollout project in order to include more equipment vendors, writes the Bangkok Post. Under the existing tender conditions bidders must have experience with similar projects worth at least 15% of the estimated cost of the project (around THB400 million). The board may consider lowering the limit to 10% (THB260 million). All but three contenders for the cable build would be disqualified under the current terms, according to a company spokesman. However, another industry source quoted by the paper said that nine prospective bidders have experience with similar ventures worth THB500 million or more: Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Ericsson, Marubeni, Italian-Thai, Samart Telecom, NEC, Jasmine Telecom System, and United Telecom Sales & Services. The tendering conditions also require contenders to offer eight brands of SDH equipment that CAT is currently using: including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Siemens, ZTE, Huawei, ECI, Nortel and TelLab.

Thailand, CAT Telecom