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The Development and Restructuring of Telecommunications Infrastructure

“Upgrading of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Network”

(Reference: EuropeAid/126200/D/SUP/CY)


As per point 7 of the Instructions to Tenderers

Part 1: Minutes of Clarification Meeting on 2 June 2008 (all day event)

Chairman: Paul Schultze, Task Manager for Energy and Telecommunication, European Commission.

Assisting parties: Ali Ayral, Chief Engineer, telecoms office of the Turkish Cypriot community;
Timo Saija, Telecommunications expert, Louis Berger, France
Polina Cherneva, Contract Manager, European Commission

Secretary: Eftun Plumer, Programme Team, Administrative Support.

26 representatives from interested companies participated in the clarification meeting:

The European Commission project manager Mr. Paul Schultze gave an introductory speech and reminded the
company representatives attending the meeting to refer to the timetable located in the Instructions to Tenderers.
He made it clear that there will be no other meeting or visit arranged after 3 June 2008. He also made it clear that
no question would be answered that arrives after midnight of 23 June 2008. He welcomed though any question
during the meeting and emphasized that the questions collected during the meeting and until 23 June 2008 would
be published on the EuropeAid website; it would remain anonymous as to who raised the particular question.

Mr. Schultze pointed out that, based on experience with previous tenders, provisions of the Tender Dossier are
often taken light-heartedly, leading to the need for additional clarifications - where permissible, or to the rejection
of the tender as non-compliant. With regards to the Procurement Notice, he asked to note the importance of
meeting the selection criteria stipulated therein. In particular, if companies considering submitting a tender are not
able to meet the financial, professional or technical criteria alone, he suggested that the prospective tenderers form
alliances, in which they would be able to meet the criteria. He emphasized also that all the information given
regarding the turnover and experience must be valid and sufficiently supported by documentation, which will be
verified before signing a contract. He also stated that the availability of a quality system, as stipulated, is often
neglected and that providing the respective proof of certification was imperative.

He referred to the Instructions to Tenderers section 11, stressing that an index table for the submitted tender is
required; that sufficient detail of a training proposal is needed beyond what is specified and cautioned to miss the
provision of required information listed in that section. As regards the technical proposal, as response to the
Technical Specifications, Mr. Schultze asked to avoid copy-pasting of requirements and to respond rather with the
actual specification of the offered equipment.

Particular attention was given to the rule of origin for the items specified. Compliance of that requirement will be
assessed at tender evaluation stage for the particular “items” [N.B. there are 19 “items”, plus a training “item”]
offered on the basis of the declaration, while at delivery/provisional acceptance, the respective certificate of origin
will be collected, which has to be issued by the competent authority (often the Chamber of Commerce at the
location of the manufacturer).

Procedural and technical questions were raised during the meeting and discussed, they are listed in Table 1; they
are complemented with the final answers that were elaborated after the meeting.

The chairman, Mr. Paul Schultze closed the meeting by asking, if there are further questions about issues, they
should be presented in writing via email to the Contracting Authority. He reminded the audience of the deadline
for questions which is 23 June 2008, and that answers will be published no later than 3 July 2008.

Recorded by Eftun Plümer

Questions & Answers and amendment of the Tender Dossier

Note: The questions raised before or at the meeting are reproduced in Table 1, and those were submitted almost
all in writing. The wording/spelling of the questions is virtually unchanged. The answers given below are relevant
for preparing the offer.

Additional questions that were raised after the meeting are reproduced in separate tables below (Table 2 through
11). The wording/spelling of the questions is virtually unchanged. Table 12 contains further amendments to the
Tender Dossier.

The answers given in the following tables amend the tender dossier in the following way:

Text marked
- Green Bold is an amended specification
- Blue Bold is a modified mandatory requirement
- Red Bold is a removed requirement
- Regular text is interpretative and/or giving further detail to the technical
specifications or other requirements;

For procedural matters, in case of dispute, the original text of documents

shall prevail for legal interpretation.

Part 2: Answers to questions that were raised during the 2 June 2008 clarification
Table 1: Clarification meeting, question and answers; final answers


a. In case of a consortium, shall the The double question suggests that two issues are
participants comply with the eligibility criteria addressed: eligibility criteria and selection criteria.
individually or together?
a) Eligibility criteria
b. What about in case of a prime contractor
The eligibility criteria apply to every legal person of
and subcontractors? Shall subcontractors
a consortium, but also to subcontractors who are not
comply with all the eligibility criteria?
part of the consortium.
b) Selection criteria
Selection criteria will be applied to the tenderer.
Where a tender is submitted by a consortium, the
selection criteria will be applied to the consortium as
a whole, unless specified otherwise, e.g.
Procurement Notice item 16 2b. However, that
provision is complemented in the 2nd sentence:
“where the leader does not assume certain parts of
the contract, the requirement applies to the
consortium partner implementing those specific
parts of the contract or a respective a subcontractor”.
Instruction to tenderers, item 11, page 5; In Preparing Annex III of the tender; the tenderer’s
this item it says that “…etc, any other response in column 3 (to the technical specification
documentation that would be necessary to given in column 2) should be complemented with a
assess the conformity of the offered reference in column 4, pointing to the respective
supplies…” For tender dossier, technical technical documentation, e.g. manufacturer’s spec
offer, we need a guideline that listing all sheets, and the respective location in that text.
documentation requested from tenderers?
In any case, that documentation provided, backing
up the offered specification, shall enable the
evaluators to easily assess compliance of the offered
Particular attention is drawn to the introductory part
of the technical specifications, where the issue of
equivalency is addressed.

Instruction to Tenderers, Item 11, page 5; In The first sub-bullet of the first bullet refers to
this item it says that “the arrangements for services corresponding to those under the warranty
providing of typical services that fall outside requirement. However, in an after sales service there
of the obligations above”, we need a might be more required, e.g. adjustments or loading
clarification about what is exactly required updates and so on. Therefore, the second sub bullet
from the tenderers? addresses, with “arrangement for providing typical
service outside of the warranty”, typical and
perceivably necessary services not covered by the
warranty provisions. Those should be listed in
detail. N.B. The offer for after sales service is not

taken into account when making the price
Participation is also open to international The question is understood to refer to Article 9 (3)
organisations. Could you please clarify what of the Council Regulation (EC) No. 389/2006.
type of organisations do you mean (multi- “International organisations” in the sense of the
national companies, UN or other)? Regulation are organizations like, but not limited to,
U.N., the Council of Europe, the World Trade
Organisation, etc. and not companies with
subsidiaries in different countries.
If a company has subsidiaries in several countries, it
is a multinational company; but this does it not
make an “international organisation” in the
terminology of this tender.
Tenderers of multi-national companies should
carefully pay attention to eligibility and selection
criteria (see point 1 above). While an
incorporated/registered subsidiary (legal person) of
a U.S. parent company may be eligible (e.g.
subsidiary in The Netherlands), the data for meeting
the selection criteria (e.g. turnover) can only refer to
those of the eligible subsidiary and not comprise
turnover of the non-eligible parent company.

The rule of origin for products offered applies in

analogy: An item, which is produced by that
subsidiary (e.g. in The Netherlands) or any other
manufacturer in an eligible country is acceptable
under the rule of origin. However, an item offered
by that Dutch subsidiary, which is manufactured by
its parent company in a non-eligible country (e.g. in
the U.S. or Thailand) would be not acceptable.

4b A Instruction to Tenderers: 3- Participation:

The incorporation (legal registration) in Turkey is
relevant for the eligibility to participate; the
3.1 According to COUNCIL REGULATION membership of a chamber of commerce in Turkey
(EC) No. 389/2006 Candidate Countries may alone doesn’t qualify them to participate.
participate in tendering.

Please confirm that a company being a

member of Chamber of Commerce of
Republic of Turkey, may submit her proposal
for this tender.

4c What is understood by “international See point 4 above.

organizations” (Ref. Eligibility and rules of
origin clauses”, “Participation as also open to
international organizations.”) Please provide
specific examples of such international
organizations for better understanding.

In case that mother company is a Member See point 4 above.
State of EC, shall the demand for the origin of
goods is effective?
6 The consortium needs to be formed before
In case of consortium, does it have to be
submitting the tender.
settled before applying for the tender or it can
be established in case of in case of award of Consortium composition cannot be changed during
the contract? the tendering and contracting procedure.
Warranty vs. After Sales Service See point 3 above.
8 The warranty period starts when the provisional
Duration of the warranty and beginning of
After Sales Service acceptance certificate is issued. From then on it
will last 1 year. It expires when the final
acceptance certificate is issued.

An after sales service contract might be concluded

with the beneficiary for a duration of 3 years,
depending on contract performance.

This EC contract though does not include after

sales service.

Prices of components Amendment to the Instruction to Tenderers:
In the technical specification, certain items of
equipment contain a number of interfaces or
components that could be subject to change. The
Special Conditions require in Article 9.1 that the
Contractor visits immediately after contracting all
the different installation sites and examines the
actual need for the different interfaces, in order to
make sure that the equipment matches the actual
cabling situation. Not only the quantities of item
could vary, but also the number of installed
interfaces or certain other components could vary.
Therefore, besides the total price for the
respective item, the tenderer is required to state
the prices of interfaces or components of that
item which could vary in quantity as a result of
the site survey.
Can we propose Unit prices for the items that Only items specified in the Technical Specifications
has not mentioned in the tender, but may be can be purchased. It is not possible to add items not
necessary after the site visit? covered by the Technical Specifications, even if
they are found absolutely necessary during tender
What is there are missing parts? Who pays for
preparation or during the site survey according to
the necessary equipment which is absolutely
Special Conditions Article 9.1.
necessary ( such as cables)?
All items necessary to put the equipment into
operation is to be included, according to the
Technical Specifications, item 0.3.

There are no restrictions on comments by the
tenderer, as to what additional equipment or
installation is perceived necessary. Those will not be
considered for evaluation and contract though.
Should tenderers buy the tender dossier? And Interested tenderers can find the Tender Dossier on
place it in the dossier when submitting. We the EuropeAid website and they are allowed to print
shouldn’t meet this requirement. it. The Tender Dossier is free of charge. It is not
necessary to include the entire tender dossier in the
However, the Tender Tossier contains tables or
forms that need to be filled out and will become part
of the contract. Instructions to Tenderers, Article 11,
indicates the documents which are requested to be
filled out and to be submitted with the tender.
Instructions to Tenderers, Draft contract, Special
and General conditions etc. do not need to be added
to the offer; they will be part of the contact though.
12 As specified in Annex II-III on pages 7, 23 and 27.
In Annex II-III, Section 1, Page 7 Separated
for core network elements in the transmission layer
Power Supply module requested. But for other
(i.e. DWDM & SDH Backbone and SDH nodes) the
SDH requirements there is no Power Supply
separate power supply modules are requested.
requested. We need clarification at this point.
Other equipment is to be supplied with the standard
operational inclusive power supply.
[NB: at each location related to this project, there
are DC and AC power supply, earth connections, a
generator and batteries.]

13 Any DWDM applicable technology deployed to

In Annex II-III, Item 1, page 4, 7 DWDM
interfaces to provide connectivity for Nicosia-
interfaces are requested. We need an detailed
Famagusta-Kyrenia is acceptable.
explanation of these DWDM interfaces.
The requirement is to make the whole DWDM
solution working and inter-working with SDH and
other nodes of the existing and tendered network.
CWDM support is a required feature but not an
operational one.
14 Altogether 21 DWDM interfaces (3 nodes with each
In B4a2 Network Element if BoQ definition
7 interfaces) are reached in alternative ways
v1.33_30Apr08.pdf document, page-1, Table
depending on the future topology scenarios.
Total Bill of Quantity: Definition of Network
Elements Types for Tendering Process, there
DWDM Topology:
are 21 DWDM interfaces requested totally.
We need clarification on how 21 interfaces Either configured to
are reached.
- Ring topology of 1+1 protected DWDM links for
all core nodes -> 4 interfaces / node (total: 12 pcs.)

- 1+1 protected DWDM link connection for Turkey

interconnection --> 2 interfaces on one
interconnecting node (2 pcs.)

- 1+1 protected DWDM link for north- south

interconnection in Cyprus --> 2 interfaces on one
interconnecting node (2 pcs.)

- Unprotected DWDM link to nodes in

Trikomo/Yeni Iskele and Morphou/ Güzelyurt --> 4
pcs interfaces (4 pcs.)

- One interface as a spare (1 pc.)

Or alternatively for the future:

- Ring topology of 1+1 protected DWDM links for

sites of Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Trikomo/Yeni
Iskele and Morphou/Güzelyurt (20 pcs.), when
DWDM capable nodes are added to Trikomo/Yeni
Iskele and Morphou/Güzelyurt

- One interface as a spare (1pc.)

The requirement to provide support to different fibre

types reflects the need of firstly mentioned scenario
of submarine links foreseen.
15 The offered product should have upgradeability to
In Annex II-III Item 4 page 18, medium and
up to a 150 km range.
long distances up to 150 Km range is
requested for Wireless Minilink system
For this tender, a
requested to backup SDH backbone. By the
way when we look at the hop distances Minimum of 55 km range is adequate to provide
between the backbone locations, are not microwave links to the functioning solutions for
exceed 50-55 Km. We need clarifications on the optional applications, as described below:
microwave hop distances, numbers.
Also, we need a clarification on planned Microwave topology is a star topology of providing
microwave typology. connectivity of 4 interfaces from

- Connecting Central Point: From a central location

in the mountain region between Nicosia and Kyrenia

- Links: Connections to three core node locations of

Nicosia, Famagusta and Kyrenia (3 links with 6 pcs
microwave nodes)

and either Alternative A:

- Links: Connections from the central locations to

the sites of Trikomo/Yeni Iskele and
Morphou/Güzelyurt (2 links with 4 pcs microwave

- Link: north-to-south interconnection reservation (1
link with 2 pcs microwave nodes)

or Alternative B:

- Links: Backhaul connectivity to locations difficult

to reach with cabling or WiMAX (3 links with
altogether 6 microwave nodes)
In Annex II-III Item 4 Page 18, E1 and/or E3 E1 and E3 interfaces are only as needed
interfaces are requested as tributary. As configurable options of the product.
wireless Minilink system will be used as back
These are not needed in interface provisioning.
up system for SDH backbone, we need a
clarification on why there is a need for these
E1/E1 tributary cards.
17 Four interfaces equipped for incoming and outgoing
In Annex II-III Item 4, page 17, we need a
traffic altogether is the requirement per microwave
clarification if 4 STM-1 and 4 STM-4
interfaces are requested per Minilink node.
Also what is exactly requirement for each
The recommended and preferred solution (preferred
Minilink hop in terms of capacity.
if available) is to have STM-4 connections (i.e.
interfaces), however STM-1 connections (interfaces)
are satisfying the technical specifications.
18 Annex II+III of Technical Specification defines the
During offer preparation to determine
number of interfaces per each type of equipment,
interface type and number which one of the
packetized for the commercial tendering process and
document we will take a reference: B4a2
purpose only.
Network Element If BoQ definition v1.33_30
Apr08 document or Annex 2-3 document. For
The underlying requirement is that the nodes are
configurable and adjustable, which provides
a. According to Annex II-III Item 7 flexibility “plug-out and plug-in” applies for each
page 29, Edge Router Type 1 should node separately to DWDM & SDH Backbone
has 2 STM-1 interface. But in BoQ Nodes, SDH Nodes (preferred if available), all
document, Gonyeli place should have Routers, IP DSLAMs and WiMAX Base Stations
Edge Router type 1 without STM-1 (preferred if applicable), to the prevailing
interface. circumstances in those locations.
b. According to Annex II-III Item 14
The exact number of the needed interfaces in each
page 66, IP DSLAM Type 1
location can be determined when the solution needs
equipments should have 4 FE and 4
to be made operational after the site survey (i.e. in
GE interfaces. But in BoQ document,
the implementation project execution).
GE interfaces or FE interfaces
requested. We need clarification on
this point.
19 See the answer 18 above.
In BoQ document page 2, there are
differences within same type of equipments.
For example Core Router and WiMAX Type
1 equipments have different interfaces on
different locations. We need a clarification on
all interface types and numbers should be the

same for one type of equipment.
20 In Annex II-III Item 14 and Item 15, we did The number of ports in DSLAM for evaluation
not met POTs and xDSL port distribution for purpose (pricing provided) are as mentioned in the
dimensioning of each IP DSLAM type. We specification:
understand from Annex II-II item 14, 15 page
- 400 pcs per chassis in all alternatives
67, 72 maximum port requirements stated. We
need a clarification on port type and
distribution for each site which will be based - 40 pcs of VoIP supported ports
on this offer.
- 40 pcs of POTS supported ports

In Annex II-III Item 14 and Item 15, for DSLAM Splitter in cards is mandatory, and either
IPDSLAM Type 1 and Type 2 equipments integrated onboard to DSLAM or provided
should ADSL cards contain splitter? separately to MDF for the xDSL connectivity.
Extended question: Onboard or separate?
In Annex II-III Item 14 and Item 15, pages 68, DSLAM Router IPoE requirement is a preferred
74 IP DSLAM Type 1 and Type parts, we solution to have DSLAM equipped with router
need explanation for Router IpoE functionality (Layer 3 routing).
The reasoning is that parallel to WiMAX base
stations the IP DSLAMs can be aggregated to the
Access Routers using SDH network as an
underlying transmission network.

In Annex II-III Item 16, 17 and 18, For each WiMAX Base Station requirements:
WiMAX Base Station type we need to know:
• Coverage range
- The reachable area of 40 km
• How many sector required
- LOS link of 25 km
• Hight of WiMAX BTS antenna for
each type or each location - NLOS link of 5 km

• WiMAX Topological view - 360 deg coverage required (omni-

directional) as specified, if not available
the tenderer is free to select n modules to
reach the 360 deg (omni-directional)
- Maximum permissible field strength
compared to axis in the overlap zone

WiMAX base station antenna height: 35 m.

However, masts or towers are not part of this tender
and will be provided by the beneficiary organisation.

Sectors: Maximum number of sectors configurable

for the offering is reduced up to 4 sectors (preferred
number of sectors is 8 Number of sectors needed in
operation vary from location to location (determined
after site survey)

Topology Note: Directional links or beam antennas
are required to reach certain distant locations
(backhaul option and CPE ODU for WiMAX Type
3) as mentioned in specification.. See also the
answer to question 42.

In Annex II+III Technical specifications, item WiMAX Base Station Type 3 is required to reach
no.18; in this item outdoor CPE equipment is certain distant locations i.e. to facilitate a link to
defined. It’s seen that this is not defined with CPE ODU, which is further connected to DSLAM
the other Base station types. We need a in that location to distribute Internet access
clarification at this point. capability. Directional and beam links are required
for that base station, so that serving the vicinity of
the WiMAX base station with the same WiMAX
base station is also provided.
In Annex II+III Technical specifications, Item WiMAX Access Gateway is defined for the
no.12; what is the purpose of using “Wimax management and base station controlling purpose.
Access Gateway”. We need a clarification at
Configurability for Mobile WiMAX is removed
this point.
from the technical specifications:

WiMAX Access Gateway:

Mobile stations admission control

26 Annex II+III Technical specifications, page

“Bandwidth SW configurable” stands for frequency
78, item no.16; clarification is requested about
band configurability and is deleted from the
the feature “Bandwidth SW configurable”.
technical specifications.
This feature is not met under the “802.16-
2004” standards that covers fixed wimax

Annex II+III Technical specifications, page Mobilie WiMAX and other than WiMAX 802.16-
79; in this item there are features that are 2004 options are removed from the tender
describing the Mobile wimax. We need a specifications. These are the following ones:
clarification at this point whether fixed or
For WiMAX Base Stations, all types:
mobile wimax is preferred.
- Bandwidth SW configurable

- Mobility Manager supporting portable and

mobile applications

Other modifications:

- E1 interfaces are a must but IP over 8 x E1

is “preferred if available” (backhaul

Intra-System Communication needed, “Up to 8 pcs

WiMAX RF/IF interfaces to ODU” is regarded
only as one option to facilitate that.

28 In Annex II+III Technical specifications,
ETSI 300 mm form factor stands for preferred ETSI
page 79 what is meant with “ETSI 300 mm
standard rack of a WiMAX base station and
form factor”?
removed as an eligibility requirement. Any other
adequate rack is the requirement:
ETSI 300 mm form factor or equivalent

For wimax system, what are the uplink and WiMAX:
downlink bandwith speeds planned per
Average uplink and downlink bandwidth speeds
applied in the traffic prediction scenarios are around
100 kbit/s (lower: 50 kbit/s, upper: 125 kbit/s) per
The peak bandwidth assumed is 0.5-1.0 Mbit/s per
Note: TDD as a duplexing method is preferred as
mentioned in the specification as DL to UL ratio of
3:1 can be reached.
In Softswitch license dimensioning, how Softswitch subscriber licenses: 50,000 subscribers
many subscriber and BHCA licenses must be upgradeable to 100,000 subscribers (as specified)
taken into consideration?
BHCA licenses: 200,000 BHCA upgradeable to
400,000 BHCA (as specified)

How many subscriber should be the AAA AAA Server dimensioned to 200,000 subscribers
dimensioned for?
32 Content of Tenders:
The text for the tender guarantee is given in the
tender dossier (document D2)
Part 3: Documentation

Tender Guarantee: Shall the Tender

Guarantee Form for 200KE be a bank
approved form?
Can you please clarify if the routers will be Yes. Routers are aimed to be used to end the PPP
used in order to end the PPP sessions coming sessions from DSLAMs
from DSLAMs, like an SSG (BRAS or
34 Is this a must to have E1 and STM64
Preferred alternative is to have E1 and STM-64 in
interfaces on the same Edge Router?
the same router.
The technical specifications are modified to allow
separate platform to handle E1 tributary signal
sourcing to Edge Router.

35 Are we able to use channelized E1 instead of

Use of Channelized E1: yes, a configurable feature
36 Is H.323 support on a router a must to have?
H.323 and MPLS support refers to MGW/NGN,

Extended question: media gateway function which is the preferred solution.
can be independent? If integrated more
For the technical specifications: it is acceptable to
chance ?
provide routers without MGW features
37 Can you please elaborate on the “Preferred if
“Preferred if available” aims at reaching the
available” statement? Should we offer these
optimal technical solution, fit for purpose.
features as optional (since they are increasing
the price)? A solution with the preferred version as specified is
prioritized when it is offered at the same price as the
non-preferred, i.e. the less optimal solution.

38 Is NAT and L2TP support on a router a must NAT and L2TP in routers are must to have – NAT
to have? as a supported and configurable option is needed.
39 Shall we offer 4 x STM1 MW and MUX with
STM-4 interface instead of STM-4 mini link?
Preferred option is to have microwave link with 4
interfaces for STM-4 connections.
As technical specifications, 4 interfaces of STM-1
can be provided and if reasonable these can be
muxed to STM-4. Pricing for components must be
40 The radius of the antennas depends on the
Frequency band depends on regulating authority.
coordinates and hop distance. What is the
In the application of this tender the frequency
frequency band for MW?
bands are 7 and 8 GHz. The product offered must
6,7,8,10,11,13,15,18,23,26 or 38 GHz?
be operating within 6-38 GHz (specified criteria).
Is it possible to provide a BoQ for the Yes. See the answer 15.
requested MW types?
42 Can you please provide the expected network
Network topology after the upgrade:
topology after the upgrade?
Rough description of the topology:
- Subscribers are connected to DSLAMs
and/or WiMAX Base Stations
- DSLAM and WiMAX Base Station provide
voice and data connectivity to all areas in
the northern part of Cyprus
- IP-based router network – based on router
(layer 3) features at DSLAM (preferably),
WiMAX Base Station, Access Router
(aggregating DSLAMs and WiMAX Base
Stations), Edge and Core Routers -- is
established to be layered over the SDH
transmission network
- SDH transmission network replaces existing
PDH everywhere
- Core network is based on DWDM lamda
switching technology; the core network

backup is provided with microwave links

Further notes:
- Interconnectivity reservations are
considered as options with DWDM
submarine link inter-working to Turkey and
both DWDM and microwave link between
northern and southern network on the island
- NGN (Next Generation Network) is
introduced with MGW and Softswitch
components to provide inter-working
between traditional telephony and IP
- The existing telecommunication network
and equipment is further deployed as far as
The network plan topology drawing is attached at
the end of this document

Softswitch - Why is U.S. standard for lawful CALEA refers to industry standard “legal
interception CALEA applied to EU tender, interception”, and similar measures on European
when European standards exist? (softswitch basis are meant. “Legal interception” feature is
requirement) needed.
Media Gateway - Why are routing and MPLS Routing and MGW features are preferred as an
features needed in media gateway element integrated solution for the future development
when routers are also part of the tender. In our considerations with the network. Here, “preferred if
opinion that limits the competition in available” condition is applied, see the answer 37
technically inappropriate manner.
Regarding IP DSLAM Requirements: IP DSLAM:
a.)What is the difference between type 1 and - Type 1 and Type 2 difference: packetized
type 2 IP DSLAM element. Is it just the type for a commercial tendering purpose
uplink interface? - VoIP card supports IP telephony in addition
b.)What is the difference between VOIP card to data access
and POTS cards? - POTS card supports traditional PSTN
telephony only in addition to data access
c.) Number of ports are not specified by
number. Does it mean that each element - Number of ports are specified, see the
should be offered with at least 400 ADSL 2+ answer 20
ports and at least 40 POTS/VOIP ports? DSLAM control card redundancy: yes, on a
d.) Are there uplink control cards needed? separate card

We assume that the raised floor will be Raised floor is not facilitated everywhere. No
provided by the end Customer. If not, main loading limits are applicable.
requirements such as loading limits need to be
We assume that the UPS for AC powered 5 pcs UPS are provided as specified for servers and

equipment will be provided by the end networking devices.
Customer. If not, main requirements such as
battery capacity, input voltage rates, SNMP
support need to be given.
We assume that the DC Power supply to feed Normal DC power supply is provided.
required equipment will be provided by the
end Customer. If not, main requirements such
as battery backup duration, input voltage
rates, connection details need to be given; you
should tell us how many hours are required.
Item Number 9 Media gateway: Media Gateway:
a.) Can we provide Channelized E1 and STM- - No. Channelized E1 and STM-1 features in
1 feature on the separate equipment? the same equipment as specified
- Yes. Router and MGW can be offered in
b.) Routing & Tunneling and VPN functions combination
are usually provided on the Routers and media
gateway is responsible only for packetizing - RADIUS support is needed for VPN
analog signals to the data packets and vice (security management)
versa. Can we offer router and media gateway - E1 redundancy in sites: no
combination to meet the requirements? - TDM redundancy required: yes, where
c.) Why is radius support required?
- ISDN service is in use in the areas; ISDN
d.) Can we have redundant E1 TDM modem requirements needed.
connections in the sites? If not, is TDM path Modem Protocols remaining are:
redundancy still required?
- V.90 and V.92 standard supporting rates
e.) Is there any ISDN service in the country? - V.44
If not, can we skip this ISDN modem
requirement? - Fax out (transmission) Group 3
- K56Flex at 56,000 bit/s to 32,000 bit/s

50 Item Number 16 Wimax:

a.) Is there any plan for 802.16e deployment? - WiMAX 802.16e or Mobile WiMAX has
If so can we offer 802.16e solution with been considered (referring to the submitted
limited mobility? specifications) as a configurable option. As
technical specifications for tendering it is
b.) What will be traffic requirements per BTS removed.
for voice and data services?
- Traffic requirements: see the answer 29
c.) Do we need to deploy tower, container and - Container and related equipment
related equipment for the BTS sites or shall deployment: yes, deployment needed,
we use existing telecom facilities? however, masts or towers are not part of this
tender and will be provided by the
d.) What type of BTS is required (indoor or beneficiary organisation.
outdoor type)?
- BTS type required: indoor type
51 Item Number 12 Wimax Access Gateway: See the answer 25

Why is the access gateway required since the
fixed application is preferred?

52 The main purpose of WiMAX is to provide Internet

Purpose of wimax ( data service only)
access and also voice service based on IP telephony
to rural areas.

NMS system (Question recorded) Billing and charging system is needed for the
equipment offered and existing legacy and allowed
Q: According to the tender dossier, there is a
systems in the network.
need for NMS, billing systems; there are
several different equipments written for this NMS needs to be an umbrella systems for FMS,
tender, several equipment for NMS systems. which is connected to all the existing equipment in
So, as I understand, you will have one the network, although these equipment have their
equipment for each? Wimax equipment, one own NMSes and EMSes.
for soft? Equipment and for media gateway? I
want to know if this is acceptable, and as for
billing system, is the charging and billing
system for all the equipment that is being
offered or just for the integrated existing
Will this be downloaded?
Q repeated about billing and charging: Will it
be for all equipment or for new ones being
offered? Or existing ones?
54 See 4 above.
Can you please elaborate on the eligibility and
rules of origin. The tender specs stipulates
that: “Participation is open to all legal persons
(participating either individually or in a
grouping (consortium) of tenderers) which are
established in a Member State of the
European Union or in a country or territory of
the regions covered and/or authorised by the
specific instruments applicable to the
programme under which the contract is
financed (see item 22 below)”.
Can you kindly inform us whether legal
persons from the Republic of Turkey are
eligible to bid in this tender?

Part 3: Answers to questions received between 3 June and 23 June 2008

Table 2: Additional questions received after the 2 June 2008 clarification meeting: 3 June 2008


We investigate the Council Regulation (EC) No. Companies from Israel (legal persons) are not
389/2006 and we could not get a clear eligible to participate in this tender, nor will
understanding regarding the limitation relates to equipment be accepted for which the required
the equipment origin and subcontractor’s origin, official certificate of origin states Israel as
can you please clarify/elaborate on what is country of origin.
eligible and what is not?
However, equipment manufactured in an eligible
Although our lawyer was looking into the country may use materials or components made
document relates to tender (Council Regulation in Israel, to the degree it is permissible
(EC) No. 389/2006 and was discussing this issue according to the Community Customs Code, i.e.
with the EU representative in Israel we couldn’t for resulting in a certificate of origin attesting
get a clear answer to our question in regard to the origin in an eligible country.
equipment origin and whether Israel is eligible
for this tender (see document B3 General Conditions, Article

Table 3: Additional questions received after the 2 June 2008 clarification meeting: 13 June 2008


Could you please provide the fiber parameters For the DWDM fibre parameters, based on
(distance, fiber losses, PMD, fiber type etc.) to parallel cabling tender specifications, that fibres
make the DWDM design? need to be ITU G.655 compliant. Therefore,
equipment needs to be able to facilitate G.655
type cabling to the areas.
Explanatory notes: The existing fibre network
has been built during the last 10 years, as the
needs developed, and cables were purchased
from different manufacturers at different
times. At the moment, improvements are
needed regarding the technical quality with
optical cabling in the areas. The maximum
distances are geometrical distances between
main cities of Nicosia/Lefkosa,
Famagusta/Maguşa, Kyrenia/Girne,
Morphou/ Güzelyurt and Trikomo/Yeni Iskele
as well as cabling distances required for the
functioning of the DWDM and SDH network
using ring topology.

Therefore, SDH & DWDM node should support

several fibre types. The system configuration
(WDM) should be designed according to the
data obtained after the site survey stipulated in
the Special Conditions, Article 9.1.

2 Is there any fiber laying responsibility within the No fibre laying occurs in this tender.
Note: Fibre laying responsibility, being a must
for a functioning network, takes place in a
dependent but separate project and the
responsibility for that network functionality is
with the Telecom Office.

3 What is meant by “DWDM interfaces:7 pcs” ? 7 pcs DWDM interfaces is a matter of

(annex II+III, page 4) commercial quotation. For this tender it means
that each DWDM node to be provided with 7
pcs of DWDM interfaces as a commercial

Each DWDM node should be configurable to

support up to 10 pcs DWDM interfaces (as a
specific case in Nicosia/Lefkosa) for DWDM-
link terminations (see the envisioned network
topology). The same is relevant for other nodes
as the nodes /cards / interfaces need to be
configurable to support network configurations.

What is the expected DWDM WSS degree? WSS degree must be adequate to accommodate
(annex II+III, page 4) needs for the targeted DWDM network
WSS 2-degree as a minimum degree is adequate
for the ring structure (i.e. minimum expected).
Larger WSS degree is ideally required to support
DWDM network topology configurations. If
only WSS 2-degree is provided, the solution
must state pricing and quantities to facilitate
targeted network needs.

Should SDH and DWDM Backbone node be a Yes. SDH and DWDM in a single node.
single platform? (annex II+III, page 4)
Is MPLS feature mandatory? (annex II+III, page Yes. MPLS feature is a mandatory as requested.
What is meant by MADM? (annex II+III, page MADM stands for Multiple Add-Drop
5) Multiplexer/ing.
This means in this context only that flexible
multiplexing configuration for ADM (Add-Drop
Multiplexing), TM (Transponder) or REG
(Regenerator) is possible.

Could you please clarify if DWDM design 80 channels at 40 G/s needs only be supported
should be provided as 80 channels at 40 G/s or with the provided DWDM nodes.
only support of 80 channels at 40 GB/s is
enough? (annex II+III, page 5)
Could you please clarify the “shared optical With “optical (fibre) virtual path protection” is
fiber virtual path protection” expression (annex meant that each path along fibre can be
II+III, page 6) configured to have primary and backup route.
With “sharing” is meant that one specific fibre
can be shared for more than one virtual path, for
the primary path but also for protection backup
path purpose too.

Could you please clarify the “VC4 multiplex “VC4 multiplex section compression” is mainly
section compression function” expression related to protection, but also enabled payload
(annex II+III, page 6) compression.
VC4s can be configured having protection,
merely in the network management level, so that
each VC4 carrying the traffic has VC4s reserved
for protection. That is a standard feature in the
SDH networking.

VC4s can carry compressed traffic in the


Is RPR feature mandatory for the DWDM and Yes. RPR is mandatory as it facilitates
SDH configurations? (annex II+III, page 6, 21, optimized transport of data traffic over dual
25) counter-rotating fibre rings and creation of RPR
stations for traffic dropping.
There is a confusion about the quotation of 12 pcs of Wireless Minilink “nodes” with
wireless minilink. It was mentioned in the ingress and egress functionality required.
"Introductions for tenderers" document that
This means in the targeted context that 6
there needs to be 12 Wireless minilinks, Annex
multidirectional (incoming and outgoing on both
3 "technical specs" document tells that 8 of them
ends) wireless links are requested to be
is needed. Finally at Annex2 there is nothing
wireless minilink related. So please verify the
exact number for that. Unless we can provide 12
of them and of course mention unit prices.

Table 4: Additional questions received on 19 June 2008


I would like you to answere whether Israeli See Table 2 above
equipment manufacturers can participate in this
tender or not?

Table 5: Additional questions received on 20 June 2008


1 I would like you to answere whether Israeli
See Table 2 above.
equipment manufacturers can participate in this
tender or not?

2 a) Can you please informe us whether or not

a) See Table 2 above
goods from israel orgin is acceptable.

b) İf this Israel company is registered in one of b) A company registered (legal person) in an

the acceptable countries can it be as acceptable eligible country, which is a subsidiary of an
as a participant. Israeli parent company, can participate in this

Table 6: Additional questions received on 23 June 2008 (1st set, received from different sources Q06 and Q11)


Chapter 9: Media Gateway

9.1 As understood the MG should STM1, E1 and other indicated ports must be
support the capacity of 50,040 DS0 supported.
ports. What is the number of ports The number of these (i.e. STM1, E1 and other) ports
to be supported on STM1, E1 or supported must be adequate to cope with given
other interface/s? subscriber (TDM and VoIP) and BCHA requirements
as the VoIP service is a new service to be launched in
the areas.

9.2 What is the number of links to be The number of SS7 or PRI links needs to be
configured as SS7 and the number configurable and expandable to meet “the
of links to be configured PRI? dimensioning scalability requirements” and future
unidentifiable needs, see above.

9.3 How many SS7 links will be The number of SS7 links and signalling
provided to the system and should interconnection A- and F-links needs to be
these be provided as A-links or F- configurable and expandable to serve adequate
links? signalling link service for to meet “the dimensioning
scalability requirements”, see above.

9.4 What are the number of National The number of national and international DS0 links
DS0s and International DS0? needs to be configurable and expandable to meet to
meet “the dimensioning scalability requirements” and
future unidentifiable needs, see above.

9.5 Please advice where the need for Bearer Independent Call Control (BICC) protocol
BICC protocol is required? support for narrowband ISDN over broadband
backbone network without interference of existing
network interfaces is required where detected
applicable. Exact location is to be specified during

9.6 What do you refer by asking SIM IMS refer for subscriber identity (SIM) and IP
support for “SIM IMS” protocol? Multimedia Subsystem.
This is meant only that a reasonably scalable product
to support probable future interconnectivity to PLMN
(i.e. GSM, GPRS, UMTS etc.) networks is facilitated
in the provided platform as an option.

Chapter 10: Softswitch

10.1 Should we consider the Softswitch Softswitch and Media Gateway are planned to be
and Media Gateway/s to be installed at the same site.
installed at the same (single) site?
Routers with Media Gateway capability, if provided,
are of course spread in the network.

10.2 Please advice where GSM protocol GSM protocol support with platform only needed, not
immediate deployment. This is meant only that a

needs to be supports? reasonably scalable product to support probable future
interconnectivity to PLMN (i.e. GSM, GPRS, UMTS
etc.) networks is facilitated as an option.

10.3 Please advice the implementation FG-D support is required as it facilitates that all
of FG-D and CAMA MF CAS carriers are serviced with equal access capability such
protocols in the systems. as telecommunication carriers and sites (switching
equipment and customer lines location).
CAS (Channel Associated Signaling) support of
various modes along various types of connections
(such as STM1, E1 etc. as defined) with standards of
various countries (reservation for international DS0
links and subscribers) needs to be supported, although
not necessarily deployed in the system.

10.4 Please describe the implementation CALEA means primarily here the support for IP/VoIP
of CLAEA (TDM or IP based) and call legal interception, but TDM support is needed
the number of simultaneous also.
interceptions required.
The maximum number of simultaneous legal
interceptions supported must be stated in the offering,
and it should be configurable and later expandable to
the provided platform to meet “the dimensioning
scalability requirements”, see above.

10.5 What is the expected ratio of No specific expectations regards division of SIP vs.
SIP/H.323 usage in the targeted H.323 traffic as VoIP is a new service in the areas.
15,000 VoIP DS0 ports for peering
Support that all the VoIP traffic can be SIP needs to
be facilitated (see WiMAX base station specifications
for reference)

Chapter 11: SIP Server

11.1 Please provide a full description of As specified the full SIP Server support according to
the User and Network services RFC 3261 and SDP according to RFC 2327 for SIP
(Residential, Centrex, Compliance). This necessitates the provisioning of the
International, etc.) including the following functionalities:
expected usage ratio. Only few
- SIP Registrar Server: provides location
were mentioned such as call pick-
registration service
up, presence, etc
- SIP Redirect Server: returns redirection
- SIP Proxy Server: forwarding of all necessary
and required SIP requests and responses
o stateful and stateless proxies
o request validation
o address resolution
o determining the target-set
o DNS resolution
o symmetric record-route

o loose routing
o forking: parallel, sequential and mixed
o authentication
o loop detection
o max forwards
o message spiralling
o outbound proxy
o policy support
- B2BUA: Back to Back User Agent , user
agent client and server functionalities
- Presence Server
- Events Server with reference to RFC 3265
As a consequence the mentioned support to User and
Network services such as residential, centrex,
international and hosted PBX need to be supported.
Expected usage ratio needs to compliant to meet “the
dimensioning scalability requirements”, see above. No
expected usage ratio can be stated at this stage.

Issue: Media Gateway ; Softswitch ; SIP Server / ref.. Table 6

General answer relevant to all the dimensioning questions:

The planned VoIP (IP telephony) is a completely new service to be launched in the areas. Therefore, the solution
needs to be configurable and expandable depending on the market needs and the market growth, “configurability
as one grows” is targeted.

“The dimensioning scalability requirements” as specified are as follows:

- 50,000 up to 100,000 subscribers
- 200,000 up to 400,000 BHCA
- 60 existing traditional PSTN switching systems operational
- At least 2500 concurrent users / calls supported

Table 7: Additional questions received on 23 June 2008 (2nd set)


1 Is Service Level Description going to be published as See Table 1

stated in the Clarification Meeting held on 2 and 3 June

2 Are you going to publish a Memo or any summary of the See Table 1
clarification issues discussed in the Clarification Meeting?

3 In case a tenderer is planning to use subcontractors for the No. However, note that the eligibility
project, do the subcontractors have to be officially criteria stipulated in the Procurement
declared and listed in the tenders to be submitted? Notice apply to any subcontractor
proposed or used under a future

4 Are the subcontractors` administrative documents If the subcontractor is proposed in the

showing their compliance with the eligibility criteria a tender, its eligibility could be
needed part of the tender or they can be submitted to the documented in the tender. After the
Contracting Authority for approval after the successful contract signature all subcontractors
tenderer is awarded the contract? shall be authorised by Administrative
Order on the basis of the respective
verification of their eligibility proofs.

5 Does the tenderer need any authorization letters from the No formal authorisation letters are
manufacturers for the equipment offered in his tender? required.
However, please refer to the Special
Conditions addressing Service points
and Commercial Warranty in Article
32. The tenderer shall demonstrate as
to how he is able to fulfil those
requirements. This includes reliable
relations with manufacturers’ service

6 ref.: SCC, Article 32.6: “Please, confirm that in case of The contract will not establish a
solution dependency on third parties (such as contractual relationship with the
Manufacturer or Vendor, etc.), the time for solution manufacturer or vendor, unless those
delivery to the reported problem can be extended with the become part of the consortium. Any
time necessary for the third party to elaborate such requirement stipulated applies to the
solution.” Contractor.

7 Please, confirm that item prices could be provided as This is actually desirable, or required,
detailed as possible, i.e.: price per single interface. as per amendment in Table 12 below.
See also explanations in Table 1, point


Core Edge, Edge Type 1, Edge Type 2 and Access Routers

8 Are all the specified interface cards (e.g. STM-1, STM-4, Yes, all the defined interface cards are
STM-16, STM-64, 1) in their full quantities, necessary for necessary as specified for the router
all the router types? It is possible to use a narrow range of types with reference to commercial
interfaces with an additional multiplexer in order to packaging. See answer 18 in the Table
provide the same type of connectivity but in more 1 for further clarification. No
optimized manner. It shall also allow for more flexibility additional multiplexers are allowed.
and scalability in terms of upgradeability of interfaces. It The router interface cards must be
shall reduce the total cost of the equipment. configurable to a certain node
according to the need in that region
and in the manner that the router
platform support the planned network

9 Is the requirement of exact number of active sessions Yes. The number of active sessions
necessary while this parameter is quite specific for a supported is a necessary requirement
particular vendor? Most vendors’ active sessions number
depend generally on the memory and processing power
characteristics of their equipment. This dependency
lowers the precision of their measurement, therefore this
requirement loses its significance amongst the other
performance-related specifications of the particular

10 Should the required E3 interfaces be clear channel or E3 interfaces clear channel and
channelized? channelized, a configurable feature.

11 What type of cable - 75 or 120 Ohm is necessary for the E1 75/120 ohm both modes must be
E1 interfaces? supported (with conversion modules if
not otherwise)

12 What types of optical SFP modules are necessary for the SDH/STM interfaces: optical SFP
equipment where applicable? module types supported in routers can
be SMIR, SMLR and SMSR, whatever
makes the network working as a whole
in the adequate manner (this is not a
specific requirement, functionality
provisioning is enough).
1 Gbps Ethernet: optical SFP module
types are those ones specified

13 Is the requirement of “Service: Any service on any port” “Any service on any port” aims at that
necessary while this parameter is quite specific for a all the required services are available
particular vendor? All the required services are available on their respective interface
on their respective interface cards/modules/software, cards/modules/software, therefore the
therefore the full functionality of the equipment is not full functionality of the equipment is
dependant from a feature like this. provided.

14 Is it possible the requirement “Line-rate IP forwarding for No. Line-rate IP forwarding is the
prefixes” to be changed with “Line-rate IP forwarding” standard feature, here it needs to be

due to the ambiguity the “prefixes” word introduces into applicable also for prefixes.
the requirement? The line-rate specification should
reference all the IP routing/forwarding processes, not only
the prefixes. Using this word, the requirement gets also
too specific to a particular vendor.

15 Is the requirement of “Variable Bit Rate (VBR)” VBR support is necessary.

necessary while this parameter is quite specific for a
particular vendor? Most vendors’ equipment provide
similar functionality regarding the QoS scheduling

16 Is the requirement of “Media Gateway Upgradeability Media Gateway upgradeability is a

“necessary, due to the availability of a separate device preferred if available requirement, see
which functionality complies with this one? the answer 37 of Table 1

17 Are the requirements of “Hard drive for primary storage” Yes, these requirements are necessary,
and “ IDE hard drive for secondary storage“ necessary? not for functionality but for storage
This is quite a restrictive requirement, due to the purpose. IDE equivalent solutions are
availability of such a hard drive in a limited number of acceptable. The planned and specified
vendors’ equipment. Moreover the equipment is fully functionality needs to be offered.
functional without any existence of a local hard drive

18 Is the requirement of “10/100 Base-T auto-sensing RJ-45 Yes, this requirement for management
Ethernet port for out-of-band management” necessary interface is necessary, but not to
while this parameter specific for a limited range of provide functionality. This can also be
vendors and equipment? It is also superfluous due to the facilitated by “workaround” if
availability of numerous other similar ways of necessary. Component pricing should
management access to the devices (asynchronous console be indicated in the tender.
ports, in-band terminal access which can be separated and
secured logically, etc.).

19 The requirement for “configurability” of some SDH No. The Core Router interfaces (i.e.
interfaces could be accomplished also with the additional STM-1 and STM-4) must be
multiplexer mentioned in question 1. Is the multiplexer a configurable to the router platform
viable option in this requirement considering the itself although not physically requested
optimizations stated at the aforementioned question 1? as to be provided interfaces.

IP DSLAM Type 1 and IP DSLAM Type 2

20 Is the requirement of “router over IPoE” necessary while Yes, as it is specified.

this parameter is specific for a limited number of vendors
and equipment?

21 In the DC power supply specifications, the required DC power supply requirements are
tolerance is quite specific for a particular vendor, adjusted as follows
moreover the margins most vendors specify for their DC -45 V to -60 V for the nominal voltqge
equipment are close to equal to the ones specified and this of DC -48 V
does not affect the overall functionality of the system. Are
the specified values mandatory or it is possible for them to See also Table 12.
vary in an acceptable and close to the specified range


22 In the environmental specifications, the required Environmental specifications

parameters for temperature, maximum altitude and (temperature, maximum altitude and
humidity are quite specific for a particular vendor, humidity etc.) as currently specified
moreover the margins most vendors specify for their should leave adequately room for
equipment are close to equal to the ones specified and this different vendors to be compliant.
does not affect the overall functionality of the system. Are
However, a small deviation of
the specified values mandatory or it is possible for them to
+/-5% to the specified range values
vary in an acceptable and close to the specified range
is allowed as long as the overall
functionality is not affected.

Wireless Minilink

23 What is the necessary quantity of STM-1 and/or STM-4 See the answer 39 of Table 1
interfaces for every single unit? Do these interfaces need
to be available simultaneously or it would be sufficient to
have either STM-1 or STM-4?

24 What is the actual and not overestimated distance of the See the answer 15 of Table 1
longest link? May links longer than 50km be split into
several shorter hops?

25 Is it mandatory for all the features to be integrated in a See the answers 17 and 39 of Table 1
single unit? Can we propose a solution with multi-device

26 Is the required quantity 12 units or 12 links? Each link See the answer 15 of Table 1 and 12 of
consists of 2 units. Table 3.

GPS Synchronization Clock Source

27 Is it mandatory for DWDM/SDH/CWDM to be combined CWDM support needs to be a

in a single platform or the CWDM cards may be installed configurable option.
as a separate equipment?

28 Should the SDH equipment be integrated with an internal Yes, the SDH & DWDM nodes (core
reference clock Stratum 2 or the proposed equipment may backbone) need to be integrated with
include internal clock Stratum 3? Stratum 2

Media Gateway

29 How many E1 ingress ports are needed? See the answer 9.1 of Table 6.

30 How many STM1 ingress ports are needed? See the answer 9.1 of Table 6.

31 In Media Gateway specifications section the following Yes, concurrent calls are meant.
statement is defined: “At least 2500 concurrent users
supported”. Does it mean 2500 concurrent calls through
the gateway?


32 Is it possible to separate routing and tunneling No.

functionality from the Media Gateway into another

33 Are there any plans for the VoIP protocol in USE (H.323, No exact plans existing. All the
SIP or MGCP) ? Is there a need for all protocols to be protocols mentioned in the
supported? specification need to be supported with
the platform although only one
deployed for instance.

AAA System (Server)

34 “Terminal Access Controller Access Control System No.

Is it possible that the TACACS+ functionality is provided
by a separate TACACS+/RADIUS server?

35 “OTP token server” No.

Is it possible that the OTP token server functionality is
provided by the TACACS+/RADIUS Server?

36 “Audit manager: audit log management” No.

37 “Intrusion Detection System for IP Address” No.

Is it possible that this functionality is provided by an
inline high-performance hardware IDS/IPS device?

38 “Hardware requirements” Yes.

Is it possible to use a 64-bit dual processor server which
has equivalent or better characteristics than the described

Billing System (Server)

39 “POTS traffic (different CDR formats and records)” Yes.

Is this requirement mandatory?

40 “IP allocation and centralized IP pools management” No.

Is it possible that this functionality is provided by the

41 “EAP\TLS” Yes, as a supported and configurable

Is the support of this protocol mandatory?
EAP is meant for authentication of
wireless networks and p-to-p
connections and TLS provides secure
socket layer enabling PKI to
communicate to RADIUS


42 “Hardware requirements” Yes.

Is it possible to use a 64-bit dual processor server which
has equivalent or better characteristics than the described

43 “Hardware requirements” Yes. RADIUS client can be used if it is

RADIUS RFC compatible Network
Is it possible to use radius client for “RADIUS RFCs
Access Server
compatible Network Access Server”?

NMS & OSS System (Server)

44 “Fault management of all active network elements in the Fault Management System (NMS &
telecommunication network” OSS System) means here the umbrella
fault management for all the devices in
Does this mean fault management for all devices which
the heterogeneous network, whether
support the SNMP protocol? If a device does not support
they support SNMP (normally these
SNMP as an integrated functionality, is it possible this
do) or not.
functionality to be provided via SNMP gateway device?

45 “Trouble-ticket management” No.

Is it possible to use a separate trouble-ticket system,
installed on x86 hardware, while the integration between
the trouble-ticket system and NMS & OSS System is

46 “System Protocols” Yes, NMS & OSS System here defined

is an umbrella Fault Management
All devices proposed are SNMP and/or CLI capable.
System possible to extend with other
Where other management interfaces are used, there is an
umbrella NMS features later on, such
Element Management System serving these management
as Performance Management System
interfaces. The EMS is then integrated with the NMS &
(not required here) for instance.
OSS System. In this case, is it necessary the NMS & OSS
System to support XML, CORBA, Q3 and TMF

47 “Hardware requirements” Yes.

Is it possible to use a 64-bit dual processor server which
has equivalent or better characteristics than the described

48 “Hardware requirements” Yes. RADIUS client can be used if it is

RADIUS RFC compatible Network
Is it possible to use radius client for “RADIUS RFCs
Access Server
compatible Network Access Server”?


49 Are all “4 integrated 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet ports” No, these can be provided as a module,
have to be integrated on the chassis of the device or they if there is no impact on overall
could be installed as a module if this has no negative performance and other features.
effect on the overall performance of the devices?


Firewall 2

50 Is the requirement of “Different make and model than Yes, it is mandatory.

Firewall 1” mandatory, because the specifications of both
firewall1 and 2 are identical?

UPS for servers and networking devices

51 “Quantity: min. 5” No.

Is it possible to use one UPS with larger capacity instead
of five?

Table 8: Additional questions received on 23 June 2008 (3rd set)


General and commercial Parts

N°: Document Point /Sheet Question ANSWERS

1 Are in the Statement of Compliance " partial Only fully compliant items are acceptable
complient", "complient as follow" acceptable or is the
General this a point to reject the offer

2 A1.Letter Main Body In the 'A1. Letter of Invitation' main body, the Eligible countries are to date:
of document that is in the link
- the EU Member States (with Cyprus as a whole)
en.htm, the eligable countries are listed. Besides in - countries of the European Economic Area (EEA):
document 'A2.Instruction to Tenderers' document, the Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway,
Origin definition causes a contradiction with the list of - candidate countries: Croatia, FYROM and Turkey;
the countries that are in the above link. Could you
as well as international organisations are eligible.
please provide a list of the countries whose products
Please refer to Council Regulation (EC) No. 389/2006.
can be in the scope of our offer?

3 Practical / Since [our company in Turkey] has been established as For the period before April 2007, the data of both
Guide to a result of the global decision concerning merger of companies can be given as individual and combined
Contract Carrier related operations for fixed and mobile figures or data. Please include in the Tender legal
procedure networks and services of [2 companies], we are able to documents for the merger of the two companies.
s for EC submit the requested verification documents only for
external the period starting from 1st of April 2007. With regard
actions to the term before 1st of April 2007, we can either
submit documents of [company 1] or [company 2]. To
this extent, please confirm whether this is acceptable.

4 A2.Instru 14..1 The voluntary clarification meeting minutes to be The questions and answers of the information meeting
c-tion to announced in the internet site could not have been of 2 June 2008 are published only with this document.
Tenderers found. Could you kindly ensure that the minutes of the
meeting dated 2nd-3rd July are in the link and inform
us about the link?

5 Please clarify which banks are acceptable by your The Contracting Authority will accept a bank
organization for the preparation of the guarantees? guarantee issued by any 1st class bank. Please note
that the tender guarantee must be issued in the format
given in the Tender Dossier.

6 B3. General Article It is defined in Article 21 that the penalties due to The limit of 15% according to Article 21 of the
Conditions 21/Article delays in the project are limited to a maximum of General Conditions is relevant only in case of delay
43/Article 35.3 either 15% of the undelivered supply or 15% of the of implementation.
contract value. But in Article 43 and Article 35.3, the
limitation of liability is not defined. Please confirm
that 15% of the contract value shall be the maximum
limit for any liability of the contractor for all kind of
damages including penalties, etc.

Annex II + III Technical Specs

No. Item Specification Question ANSWERS

7 1 SDH & DWDM What is the network plan for required DWDM system See the answer 14 of Table 1 and the answer 3 of
Backbone Node (fibber type , length etc) to put the necessary booster ? Table 3

8 1,5,6 The optical specifications for SDH & DWDM

Backbone Node and SDH Access Node must be
tendered so that
- their seamless inter-working as part of the
operational network is facilitated (distance
between main sites and network access sites
- the cabling requirements mentioned are
supported, see answer 1 of Table 3 (especially
SDH & DWDM G.655)
Backbone Node,
- possibly the most affordable fit for indented
SDH Access
purpose is submitted (rgd. submitting the
Node (STM-16 /
optical parts for this tender)
type2 What is the optical specification for required interfaces See the answers 13 and 42 of Table 1 for further
for DWDM and SDH like S16.1, S64.1, SX, LX etc,? reference

9 1, SDH & DWDM What is the number of interface for required SDH See the answers 14 and 18 of Table 1
Backbone Node, equipment?

10 5,6 Lower-order cross connection capacity as not exactly

SDH Access specified must be fit for this intended purpose.
Node (STM-16 / Cross-connection levels as specified must be provided
STM-4), What is the lower order cross connection capacity for (VC-12, VC-3 and VC-4 granularities) as minimum
type1, type2 SDH equipment ? mandatory requirement.

11 4 See the answer 16 of Table 1.

Wireless Only configurability support for the product is
Minilink What is the number of tributary interfaces and types? requested.

12 4 Wireless See the answer 40 of Table 1

Minilink What is the frequency of required hop?

13 4 The protection as specified is required.

Wireless The number of interfaces of each Wireless Minilink
Minilink What is the protection type for required hop?, being specified provides the protection for the link.

14 4 Wireless Antenna diameter must be adequate to support

Minilink What is the antenna diameter? facilitation of the specified requirements.

15 2 Operational GPS input and reception is required to

facilitate the network with Stratum 1 capable
GPS synchronization as specified. If for that purpose the
Synchronization Is GPS antenna and receiver included into the required GPS antenna and receiver are ultimately needed, these
Clock Source system? must be provided.

16 9-11 Media GW, VoIP technology has introduced a new kind of The security and other mentioned features are
Softswitch, SIP Network Element to the telecommunication networks, provided by Session Border Controller (SBC) such as
Server it is Session Border Controller. It provides some DoS, NAT and CALEA are required as specified. If
security functions like Topology Hiding, DoS attack provided in a technically reasonable and efficient way
protection, etc as well as NAT Traversal functionality. with SBC, it is needed.
There is no clear specification regarding this
mandatory network element. Is it really not required or
will it be provided in other means.

17 10 Softswitch Among the Main Features, it is indicated that the See Table 6 General answers, “The dimensioning
Softswitch scales up to 100,000 subscribers. What will scalability requirements”
be the actual number of subscribers included in the

18 9-11 Media GW, SIP, ISDN mentioned: What will be the number of SIP Currently, there are estimated to be roughly 1500
Softswitch, SIP subscribers, ISDN subscribers, H.248 Subscribers (if ISDN subscribers in the areas.
Server required) to be handled.
VoIP subscribers (SIP and H.248) to be handled must
scale up to mentioned subscribers, see Table 6 General
answers, “The dimensioning scalability requirements”
To estimate the need is difficult as it is expected that
the number of ISDN subscribers will decrease and
VoIP subscriber could even soar.

19 14, 15 Price indication for components should be made with

reference to the answer 20 of Table 1 defining the
...xDSL ports There isn't explicit port number neither for number of ports for tendering purpose.
over 400 pcs per ADSL\VDSL nor for VoIP. Should we offer only Configuration of complete device is needed in the
chassis price per board / chassis without configuring complete deployment as well as in the provisioning of racks and
reachable…. device ? Should rack/cables be included ? cables, i.e. fully functioning system is needed.

20 14, 15 IP DSLAM Aggregate interfaces: different modules

Aggregate There are all different modules. Which of them are indicated must be supported by the provided platform.
Interfaces: …. requested to be included into configurations ? Or is the The tenderer is requested to provide functioning
multi mode, LX, contractor requested to show optical modules separate, network solution (i.e. 1 Gbps Ethernet) to inter-work
ZX,… for each existing type ? with other equipment in this tender.

21 14, 15 VoIP line card There are separate requirements to have VoIP cards If the VoIP and POTS Service (all the functionality)
with >40 ports and POTS card. From our point it is the same, or what can be provided with the same card, there is no
(preferred if is the difference between both type of cards? difference. Comment: this would be a really ideal and
available) with preferred solution, of course on condition that required
SIP (preferred) number of ports is indicated in the tender.
or H.248 proto-
cols, POTS line
card with >40
ports (preferred
if available)

22 19 AAA “Intrusion Detection System for IP Address”

Can you please describe further what is meant with
System(Server) "Intrusion Detection System for IP Address"? A protocol-based IDS system (agent-based, not a
Accounting separate independent platform) is meant to monitor the
accounting traffic for protection purpose and to detect
unwanted manipulations from a certain IP address.

23 19 Billing “Security Dynamics” is only a sample reference of

Is "Security Dynamics" company an example for
System(Server) Token Authentication needed.
Token Authentication or is it a must to interface with
Radius Server their products? Token Authentication is a requirement.

24 19 Billing “Content Subscriptions”

Billing and charging content provisioning is meant
Radius Features
only, this is the standard feature for DSN, VPN and
Dialup services in traditional telecommunication
architecture. Here this content acquisition would be
required also for WiMAX and Wi-Fi (leased lines
Can you please describe further what is meant with provided from Telecom Office to Wireless ISPs in the
"Content Subscriptions"? areas)

25 19 Billing During the implementation project, will the billing Yes.

System(Server) system provided also process the CDRs generated by
the POTS switches?

26 19 Billing The list of POTS/PSTN switches (altogether 60 pcs) in

System(Server) the existing network is as follows:
- Siemens EWSD
- Alcatel S-12
- Netas Dicle
- Netas DMS
The requested data can not be derived from the billing
records. The amount of CDR record data of one
month equals roughly 1.2 GB.
The billing system is old-fashioned and no real time
If the above question's answer is yes, what is the list of
billing is in operation. The IT department receives the
these POTS switches? What are the CDR figures
data from switches in CDs or tape records and reads
(daily generated, busy hour generated) of these
them for the bulk counter data provisioning. The
detailed CDRs are only kept if required and

interswitch call (local calls) CDRs are not recorded.
Therefore, the CDRs are not used for statistic or
planning purposes.

27 19 Billing Billing system needs to be integrated and inter-

System(Server) working with all the services provided and controlled
by the Telecom Office at least
- the telephony and Internet access equipment
and the infrastructure of this tender (xDSL,
WiMAX, VoIP services)
- the existing traditional telephone access
services (PSTN/POTS)
- the existing other services such as leased line
What kind of legacy systems is the billing system services provided by the supported ISPs
expected to interface with? (with details) (WLAN services)

28 19 Billing Yes, there is the need to use RADIUS in the solution.

Diameter is regarded in the specification as the
successor of the RADIUS.
The aimed plan is to
- Begin the deployment with RADIUS
- See how many VoIP/SIP subscribers appear
really in the market, for instance
- Migrate later when appropriate and needed to
Only SIP server is specified to have Diameter support
to provide capability for this migration path.
If the SoftSwitch, SIP Server and Billing System
supports Diameter, is there a need to use Radius in the In AAA Server, Diameter is therefore specified as a
realtime billing? “preferred if available” feature.

29 19 Billing If the SoftSwitch and SIP Server generates CDRs on Yes, see the answer 28 to this question.
System(Server) their disks which can be received by the billing system It is needed that RADIUS-based operations are
via FTP, is there a need to use Radius to generate deployed as long as Diameter is the only available
offline CDRs? billing service needed, supported by all the existing

equipment in the network.

30 19 Billing Is the tenderer expected to provide a CRM system that No

System(Server) will do order management, sales management,
No specific CRM system platform and features
campaign creation, contact center interfacing, trouble
required exceeding the specified requirements.
ticketing etc.?

31 19 Billing Credit card prepayment needs to be today only a

System(Server) Does the credit card prepayment feature require API supported and configurable feature as there are no
availability or integration with banking systems?(what concrete plans existing what are the exact market
kind of interfaces are these?) needs.

32 19 Billing What subscriber base should the Billing System scaled Total number of subscribers.
System(Server) for? (total number of the subscribers, concurrent
number of the users of the network, etc.)

33 19 Billing Mostly post-paid subscribers are existing at the

System(Server) moment,
Preference is towards the situation that all subscribers
What will be the percentage of the prepaid/postpaid are prepaid subscribers.
subscribers in order to dimension the Billing System? 50 % is an applicable percentage.

34 19 Billing Yes.
System(Server) A separate hardware can of course be offered, if the
Hardware required seamless functionality as specified is
Requirements provided. The extra hardware should be an integrative
Although in the RFP there is a definition for the part of the server cluster (item 19); the number of
hardware requirements of the Billing System, can we racks is not prescribed – could be a triple unit or more.
offer a separate hardware for the online billing (note: the offer providing all the needed requirements
purposes? as specified is targeted).

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36 Wimax Please confirm that we can offer our mobile Wimax Yes.
general product which is compliant with your requirements. For
The suggested equipment can be provided if it is
further clarifications please refer to the attached
compliant with all the specified and required features
recommendation …. [that document is not reproduced
(reference taken to Fixed WiMAX 802.16-2004).
Specific note: This reflects ideally the original
specification considerations to provide migration

path to mobility. However, as agreed, the WiMAX
mobility cannot be regarded any more as
requirement for decision of compliance in this
tender, also for the reasons of prevailing market
circumstances (PLMN operations, focus set on rural
area Internet access etc.), see the answer 50 of Table

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42 Services General We assume that, necessary infrastructure material such These will be provided by Telecom Office.
as tower, shelter, AC Power, Ac Power Panel, air
conditions, raised floor, fence, access road, Power
Generator, etc will provide by tenderer. Please confirm

43 Services General Is the contractor going to dismantle any existing Dismantling issue is out of scope in principle.
equipments. If yes, please define the dismantling
process such as packing, delivery to storage etc.

44 Services General In the documentation the quantities and the locations of Network planning so that all the tendered equipment
equipments have been provided. Please confirm that no can seamlessly work together when deployed is a
network planning shall be requested within the scope of necessary and natural requirement. This applies also
this project. to the existing network as far as it is referenced and
known on the basis of available information.
Network planning, when it refers to dimensioning,
factual operational configuration and searching for
exact location is out of scope of this tender process.
See also Table 1, point 9.

Table 9: Additional questions received on 23 June 2008 (4th set –Q09)


Administrative questions:

1 Referring to the EU’s 27.02.2006 dd Please refer to tables 1, 2, 4 and 5.

389/2006 nrd regulation 9th article 5th
clause, Are we (as [company] Turkey)
eligible to offer US origined Ericsson
supplies and Israel origined third party
supplies? We're kindly asking clarification at
this point.

2 Special Conditions Article 31: Provisional Provisional Acceptance certificates will be issued per
Acceptance: We couldn’t find any item (1-19 +20) of the Technical Specification. There
explanation if the provisional acceptances will be no Provisional Acceptance for single units of
will be executed after each installation of the an item.
supplies indicated in “supplies to be
provided” (A.Instructions to tenderers page
1, 1.1) or after whole system installed. We're
asking clarification at this point.

Technical Questions:

1 Annex II-III, item 1, While designing The wavelengths and the bandwidth must be scaled to
and dimensioning a DWDM network it is provide fully functional and inter-working core
necessary to define and have some backbone network. The tenderer should provide
following parameters: equipment optimally measured for the intended
purpose and distances of DWDM links between the
• Number of wavelengths and bandwidth
main sites.
for each wavelength to be supported
shall be specified for each link. Otherwise see the answers 13 and 14 of Table 1 for
the number of wavelengths and bandwidth required.
• Link distances shall be specified. (Link
distance to Turkey and Link distance Link distances to Turkey and the southern network in
to South Cyprus needs to be specified) Cyprus: simple geographical distances + 20% (by
using a GIS system for information etc.) should be
• Fiber types? applied as no exact information is currently available
• Add Drop requirements. Fixed OADM for reasons outside the influence sphere of this tender
or ROADM will be used? process.
Could you please give the parameters for Fibre types: See the answer 1 of Table 3, and
these topics? otherwise fibre type support as specified (i.e. must
support submarine connectivity as well).
Add Drop requirements: ROADM as specified.

2 In Annex II-III, item 14 and 15, IP DSLAM “Multicasting channel limiting”:

Type 1 and 2, pages 68 and 74, We ‘re
IGMP (Internet Group Management Protocol)
asking clarification about the feature
multicast channel limitation with and for the traffic
“multicasting channel limiting”.
management purpose is meant. This feature targets to
have standard administration for multicast groups.
This is only specification text format readability issue.

3 In Annex II-III, item 14 and 15, IP DSLAM “Group count filtering profile”:
Type 1 and 2, pages 68 and 74, We ‘re
The management of the IGMP (Internet Group
asking clarification about the feature “group
Management Protocol) group count / filtering profile
count / filtering profile”
in the traffic management and IGMP filtering is
meant. This feature targets to have standard
administration for multicast groups.
This is only specification text format readability issue.

4 In Annex II-III, items 16,17 WiMAX Base The number of WiMAX subscribers envisioned, rough
station types, please state total number of plan is: 30,000 subscribers (ca. 800-1000 subscribers /
WiMAX subscribers will be based on WiMAX base station), mainly targeted topic is to
calculations, Over-subscription ratio, and provide Internet and VoIP telephony access to rural
codec types (G.711 10ms, G.726 10ms, G279 areas , see the answer 52 of Table 1
10ms, G.729 20ms etc) for VoIP
Over-subscription ratio planned: standard average of
10x with reference to rural and small town locations
and installations.
Codec types for VoIP applications: Codec compliance
with the NGN/VoIP network elements such as Media
Gateway and Softswitch is expected (see the
specifications of Media Gateway and Softswitch).

5 In AnnexII-III, item 16, 17 and 18, pages 78, See the answer 27 of Table 1. Interfaces required as
82 and 86, FE, GE, and 2MB interfaces are specified.
requested in WiMAX equipments. Because
Logical reasoning: On providing various WiMAX
of WiMAX as a technology provides only
interfaces (E1, FE and GE), we are targeting the
ethernet interfaces (FE interfaces mostly on
support different possible circumstances as there are
every vendors), and Minilink and SDH
areas with low traffic expectations and several
equipments will be co located with WiMAX
network equipment to be connected to. Minilink and
and have ethernet interfaces already, we are
SDH equipment are not necessarily co-located with
asking if GE and E1 interfaces are neccessary
WiMAX installations. Note that no site surveys have
for WiMAX?
been accomplished.

6 In Annex II-III, item 16, page 80, Packet PHS: Packet Header Suppression, which support
handling: 802.1Q VLAN, QoS/Diffserverv, actually required and needed although very often an
PHS requested. We are asking clarification optional feature (for Fixed WiMAX 802.16-2004
about PHS? systems).
This requirement basically targets to the conservation
of link bandwidth and suppressing the packet headers
hence being important especially here in the targeted
network, to improve the VoIP service efficiency in the
Modification: PHS modified to “preferred if
available” feature.

7 In Annex II-III, item 16, 17 and 18, pages 78, “VoIP and SIP controlled WiMAX base stations”
82 and 87, VoIP and SIP controlled WiMax
As correctly mentioned, here it is not aimed that
base Station requested. We are asking
WiMAX base stations need to be SIP (VoIP)
clarification about this requirement since no
controlled. SIP (VoIP) controlled calls connections
radio system can be controlled by VoIP/SIP.
and services are meant and required.
The system is fully transparent to OSI layers

>2, however can utilise the packet contents to
shape the traffic (packet prioritisation rules)

8 Fault Management System features which are An umbrella NMS with FMS required to be able to
defined under NMS (AnnexII-III, P99) are detect faults in the network consisting of different
already met by each network system’s equipment types. See the answer 46 of Table 7.
individual management systems. Taking this
into consideration, we are asking your
verification for the need to have an extra
umbrella NMS only for the fault
management functionality.

Table 10: Additional questions received on 23 June 2008 (5th set – Q10)


Core Edge Router

1 What are the SFP types required on GE See the answer 12 of Table 7.

2 Is BRAS functionality required with Packet sampling for security and flow-based
„Packet sampling for security and flow accounting is required.
based accounting“, is RADIUS
The protocols etc. must fit to the existing and to be
Accounting wanted?
provided network.

3 Dynamically Routed IP VPNs Dynamically Routed IP VPNs needed. The

question is not clearly specified.

4 Is it a must to have Tunnelling L2TPv2, Yes.

L2TPv3 ?

5 MPLS Circuit Cross Connect MPLS Circuit Cross Connect feature needed. The
question is not clearly specified.

6 Is redundancy required? Redundancy needed to the extent as specified for a

minimum requirement.
It must be indicated in the offering what kind of
redundancy is provided in the standard package.
Examples: spare parts as normally offered in the
commercial package, interface planning already
takes redundancy into account.

Edge Router

1 Can Channelized E1 ports be used as E1 Yes, when the channelized E1 ports fit for purpose;
ports? if not, support to un-channelized E1s must be

2 Is it must to have STM-64 support? Yes, as specified.


1 Can we propose 2 GigE interfaces on GigE interfaces must be provided as specified in

standart configuration? the contractual package. The DSLAM platforms
must be configurable for the purpose.
If this question means that fixed-sized boxes with 2
pcs GigE interfaces only with no slot
configurability are provided, the answer is no.

2 Can we propose 1 GE interface instead of No.

4 FE interfaces?

3 What will the SFP type on the DSLAM? Optical SFP type can in principle be whatever type,
however selected so that inter-working with the
other equipment in the network (see here routers
and transmission equipment). If necessary, SFP
type converters must be provided with pricing

4 Are splitters required? Yes. See the answer 21 of Table 1

5 Can we propose 2 GigE interfaces on Redundancy needed to the extent specified as a

standart configuration? minimum requirement.
It must be indicated in the offering what kind of
redundancy is provided in the standard package.

Table 11: Additional questions received on 23 June 2008 (6th Set – Q12)


1 Telcordia is an Amarican standard. For this This is rather a general question, not relevant
reason, is compliance to the corresponding only for synchronization sources.
European standard ETS 300019 enough for the
synch sources? Equipment needs only to meet the comparable
requirements for Seismic/Earthquake as
Telcordia Zone 4.

2 Should NTP and IRIG-B be provided at the Solution with NTP and IRIG-B support needs to
same time and/or only NTP is enough for synch be provided.

Table 12: Miscellaneous amendments to the Tender Dossier

Minor modifications/corrections to the Technical Specifications Annex II-III

1 SDH & DWDM Node:

- CDWM is a typing error, CWDM is meant (as mentioned elsewhere in specification)

2 GPS Synchronization Clock Source

- FR 1305 is a typing error, RFC 1305 is meant (as mentioned elsewhere in specification)

3 DC Power Supply

- Required minimum tolerance in all equipment, where relevant, modified to DC -45 V to -60 V for the nominal DC
-48V. The tolerance span of offered equipment is preferred to be larger.

Amendment to the Instruction to tenderers

Amendment to the Instruction to tenderers, Article 11 Content of tenders, page 5
(see also Table 1, point 9 for explanation):
Part 2: Financial offer:

• A financial offer calculated on a basis of DDP 1 for the supplies tendered, including a
financial proposal for training; besides the total price for the respective item, the tenderer
is required to state the prices of interfaces or components of that item which could vary
in quantity as a result of the site survey;

DDP (delivered duty paid) - Incoterms 2000 International Chamber of Commerce -







NOTE: for the original locality names of given Turkish names above, please refer to the document B4a1 – Project Description – of the Tender Dossier


primary connectivity in Routing Layer

Routers and WiMAX BSes ; also IP DSLAMs if possible



PHYSICAL LAYER (Fibre and Copper Cables)

SDH & DWDM Backcup Node DWDM 1+1 fibre connection (backbone core)
DWDM 1+1 fibre connection to Turkey (submarine
SDH STM-16/4 Node, type 1 and 2, exact cabling) and to Republic of Cyprus
nbr of IFs / site defined in site survey
STM-64 1+1 protected fibre cable connection
Core Edge Router
STM-16 1+1 protected fibre cable connection
Edge Router, type 1 and 2, exact nbr
of IFs / site defined in site survey STM-16 fibre cable connection
Access Router, exact nbr of IFs /
site defined in site survey STM-4 fibre cable connection

IP DSLAM, type 1 and 2, exact nbr of IFs / Backhaul Link using WiMAX Directional Base
site defined in site survey Station
WiMAX Base Station, type 1 and 2, exact
locations defined in site survey Wireless Minilink (SDH) for backbone core backup
Backhaul Link (SDH) alternatives : reaching some
WiMAX Base Station, type 3, exact locations and possible interconnectivity to Republic of
locations defined in site survey Cyprus
WiMAX CPE ODU for type 3
SDH STM-64 Node (existing ones)
GPS Synchronizing Clock Sources, Next Generation
Network (MGW and Softswitch) equipment, SDH STM-16 Node (existing ones)
WiMAX Access Gateway, AAA System, Billing
System, NMS&OSS System and LAN infrastructure IP DSLAM double shelf (existing ones)
are planned to be located in Nicosia / Lefkosa. These
IP DSLAM single shelf (existing ones)
are planned to be connected to the network thru
Edge Router in Nicosia.
Connections in Customer Access Layer need to be Existing PSTN switches, E1/E3 links and digital radio links are planned
SDH-feasible fibre cables. Lower order tributaries to be further deployed. Existing PDH nodes are replaced by SDH nodes.
(E1/E3) not marked in the network