The Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is releasing a two stage Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ)/Request for Proposal (RFP) process this spring to begin investing nearly $300 million in building broadband in Southwestern Ontario.
The network will be competitively bid and designed through a multi-stage RFPQ/RFP process. The RFPQ process will contain two stages and will be used to establish a list of pre-qualified Telecom Service Providers to submit proposal(s) in response to subsequent RFP(s) for the network construction.
The RFPQ is expected to be released this month, with the primary focus being on stage one of the process. Stage one of the RFPQ process will require Telecom Service Providers 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 Telecom Service Providers are selected to build out the project. In order to participate in the RFP, Telecom Service Providers must participate and be pre-qualified through the RFPQ process.
SWIFT is using this multi-stage process to ensure the goals of the project are achieved within its projected timeline.
The RFPQ and RFP(s) will be posted on Bonfire along with details of all bid opportunities posted on www.biddingo.com/simcoe as they are released and will be shared through the SWIFT website and mailing list.