Peru’s state agency for promoting private investment, ProInversion, expects to relaunch a tender for a rural broadband contract on 9 May, according to BNamericas, which cites a source at the government department. The contract provides for the provision of internet services to 1,050 rural municipalities across the country. The USD11.5 million tender was officially launched and awarded (to Telefonica del Peru) last year, but on 14 June was annulled after a rival bidder, Consorcio Yachay, claimed that its bid had been unfairly dismissed. Yachay insisted that one of the clauses of the bidding rules had been unclear and had led it to submitting incomplete information. ProInversion staff told BNamericas that some technical conditions of the auction have since been modified and, due to the fundamental nature of these changes, the whole tender process has to be repeated. So far the pre-qualified operators are Telefonica del Peru, Gilat to Home Peru, Rural Telecom and Consorcio Trebol Informatica e Itaca. The companies must submit technical offers to ProInversion by 29 April. Other operators interested in the project have until 25 March to submit pre-qualification documents.
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