No bidders qualified for South Africa Connect tender

23 Nov 2016

South Africa’s State IT Agency (SITA) has revealed that it pulled the plug on the government’s ZAR1.5 billion (USD104.5 million) tender for the rollout of a rural broadband network under the South Africa Connect project as none of the bidders qualified. The agency said in a press release to TechCentral that six companies – Broadband Infraco, EOH Mthombo, MTN, Neotel, Tradepage and Galela Telecommunications (a joint venture) and Vodacom – had placed bids for the contract, adding that ‘at the conclusion of the technical evaluation process, which was also subjected to probity by the independent auditor, none of the six companies that responded to the bid had met all six technical mandatory requirements to enable them to proceed to the next phase of pricing evaluation.’