On July 8th, 2016, The Chilean Government, through the
Undersecretary of Telecommunications ("Subtel"),
initiated a Public Tender process for the project entitled
"Southern Fiber Optic", which encompasses the granting of
concessions for intermediate telecommunications services for the
development of telecommunications physical infrastructure destined
to provide fiber optic in the southern area of the country,
specifically between the cities of Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas.
The project considers the granting of a sum up to approximately
USD95 million as state subsidies. The purpose of this project is to
install fiber optic infrastructure with open and non-discriminatory
access in Chile's most southern area, strengthening
regionalization and more equitable development. This project will
provide residents of these remote regions with access to
telecommunications services that are similar in quality to those
that are available in more populous regions of the county. The
extension of fiber optic networks to the south of Chile also
represents progress towards interconnection with the Antarctic
According to Subtel's statements, the projects to be
submitted for this Public Tender shall consider the installation,
operation and commercial exploitation of physical infrastructure
through the provision of optical channels that comply with the
technical requirements contained in the Tender Rules, including a
services offer for regulated infrastructure, with open, equitable
and non-discriminatory access, as well as including infrastructure
capacity for the exclusive use of public agencies.
The Tender Rules include the development of telecommunications
infrastructure through the implementation of four independent
Backbone Optic Infrastructure projects: One Southern Submarine
Backbone Project, which will originate in Puerto Williams and reach
Punta Arenas, Porvenir, Puerto Natales, Caleta Tortel and, finally,
Puerto Montt; and three Terrestrial Backbone Projects, which will
be developed in the regions of: 1) Magallanes and the Chilean
Antarctic (between the localities of Porvenir and Pampa Guanaco);
2) Aysen of General Carlos Ibañez del Campo (between the
localities of Caleta Tortel and Coyhaique); and 3) Los Lagos
(between the localities of Puerto Montt and Palena).
Parties that are interested in bidding for this tender may
submit inquiries and/or requests for clarifications of the terms
and conditions of the Tender Rules until July 29th, 2016. The
deadline for submitting a proposal is October 25th, 2016. This
Public Tender is open to any legal entity incorporated in Chile
(regardless of whether they currently hold a telecommunications
service concession in Chile), public or private, with domicile in
the country, and which complies with the legal and regulatory
requirements needed to obtain an Intermediate Telecommunications
Services concession exclusively for the provision of physical
infrastructure for telecommunications, in accordance with
applicable laws and regulations.
The Tender Rules are available on a website specially designed
by the Undersecretary of Telecommunications for these purposes: http://foa.subtel.cl/
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