Cable Onda S.A., Cable & Wireless Panama and Liberty Technologies won the 4 year contracts to implement the service of nationwide public internet access in Panama.
Thetenderaims to provide WiFi Internet Access Points in three regions and a system for administration of the network. The winning companies were Cable Onda, S.A., Cable & Wireless Panama, S.A. and Liberty Technologies Corp., for a total amount of $21.6 million for the next four years, distributed as follows:
The Social Security Department has canceled the tender for the installation and maintenance of teleradiology equipment and announced a new contest with new rules.
The Social Security Department (CSS by its initials in Spanish) has suspended the tender after resolving the last complaint submitted Cable & Wireless Panama / Promotion Medical, SA (C & W-Promed) against the second round of bidding in which Cable Onda also participated.
Following the cancellation of the first tender, where there were only two interested parties, in Panama there are now are ten companies in the contest that will award a contract worth close to $88 million.
Meditron Panama, Sanjur and Associates, Cable & Wireless (C & W), Horacio Icaza and Co., Promed, Cable Onda, Maxia, Biomedical Support and Systems, Medical Electronics and RESERMA are companies that appear in the minutes of the clarfication meeting of the second call for tender to be held on 21 May.
The tender for teleradiology services in Panama has been declared void by the Social Security Department, who rejected the proposals submitted by Cable Onda and C & W-Promed.
"In the tender for greatest amount, which has a reference price of $88 million, and a five-year contract, proposals were submitted by C & W-Promed for $105,595,132 and Cable Onda for $105,599,999", reported Prensa.com.
Cable Onda and Cable & Wireless are the bidders in the tender to install and manage for five years teleradiology services for users of the Social Security Department.
Both companies submitted bids in the tender, but also some complaints have been brought to light regarding the recruitment process by the Social Security Department (CSS). The consortium Cable & Wireless (C & W), has complained of an alleged disadvantage with their qualification in the process, after a technical committee disqualified them for not delivering technical certification for one of the pieces of equipment.
Participating companies awaiting the results of an invitation to tender by Panama's innovation authority (AIG in Spanish) saw it reject all offers received.
Three companies (Telefónica Panamá with a $60 million offer, Cable Onda with $29 million and Cable & Wireless Panama with $36 million) were competing for the contract to provide the state's telecommunications services.
The Panamanian company is negotiating with cellular telephony operators to offer joint 'deals and services'.
Cable Onda's general manager, Nicolás González Revilla, has indicated that the company is currently holding discussions with Digicel, Claro and Telefónica and predict that by the end of the year they will be able to offer joint products.
A report by Signals Telecom Consulting indicates that in 2015, Panamanian telecoms will sell $2.2 billion in broadband and paid TV services.
According to the study, the broadband competition currently revolves around providing higher access speeds.
“Cable & Wireless and Cable Onda are the largest competitors in fixed services. They offer broadband connection services up to 5 Mbps. Panama is the most advanced market in Central America, as such speeds are not available in the rest of the countries”, explained Elías Vicente, Senior Analyst at Signals Telecom Consulting.
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