The Kingdom of Lesotho has 23 institutions or campuses (for the purpose of this document they are referred to as institutions) of higher learning identified as potential beneficiaries of this project. Together, these institutions have a population of close to 24,500. The National University of Lesotho (NUL) accounts for about 50% of the student population. It is followed by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) at 14%. The other bigger institutions are the Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) and the Lesotho College of Education (LCE), each accounting for 10% of the student population. The rest of the institutions account for the remaining 16%.
LCA has established that the majority of institutions are not able to provide Internet access for students to use for learning and research. In some of the institutions, the service is available but it is too overloaded as to be usable. Main reason cited by all the institutions for this state of affairs was that the cost of bandwidth is prohibitive and/or infrastructure required were prohibitive. It is against this background that the Authority decided to put on trial a free Wi-Fi access programme for institutions of higher learning over a three-year period. The programme is means to supplement, and not replace, internet services that the institutions have contracted or plan to contract in the future. The programme will be continuously evaluated for effectiveness, and the need for refinement or continuation after the initial period.
The separate RFPs will be issued for the other institutions in the near future.
The Lesotho Telecommunications Authority (LCA) invites proposals from suitably qualified local service providers to bid for the opportunity to provide and install network equipment for Institutions of Higher Learning – NUL PILOT.
- TENDER SPECIFICATIONS
2.1 NETWORK EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION
Please use the template below to cost your items. List the item numbers and items exactly in the same order in which they are listed below in order to facilitate ease of the evaluation process. In the event that you wish to specify any other item that you think needs to be included in order to complete the work, please include it at the bottom of the list without disturbing the order of items as listed by LCA.