Apritel issued a statement revealing flaws in the rules defined by the Ministry of Education for the purchase of Internet services. The Association reiterates that these rules point to speeds and levels of containment that do not allow competitiveness between operators.
It is recalled that Apritel had already criticized the conditions of the competition that will allow to speed up the speed of broadband connections in schools, pointing out three main issues, which have to do with the fact that the required speed is well above the reference speeds recognized by the regulator, the levels of contention requested for the services and the fact that the tender is not being carried out in batches. This was, according to the association and its guide to good practices, the only way to guarantee that the State would have access to the best proposals in each of the areas to be tendered.
The Ministry of Education made changes to the initial version of the tender of 14.5 million euros, but these did not undermine APRITEL’s arguments, which again point to the same flaws, which prevent a greater number of responses from the market.
«The ministry made some changes to the conditions of the tender but not enough to make this Association consider the minimum rules to be guaranteed to guarantee the competitiveness of communications services in the public sector», explains the statement.
2008-03-25 – Apritel criticizes conditions of the broadband contest for schools