The government of Malawi is seeking credible companies to provide international broadband in the country. The project, which will be under a public private partnership, involves the installation and operation of a fibre optic cable from Lilongwe to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and onward transit over submarine fibre optic cable.

The government plans to utilise a portion of the loan it acquired from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) for the Malawi Regional Communication Infrastructure Program, to fund the broadband project.

The government is now inviting pre-qualifying bids from companies. The pre-qualification process will be conducted according to the World Bank's guidelines for procurements under IBRD loans and IDA credits, and is open to all bidders from eligible source countries, as defined in the guidelines.

Only applicants who participate in the pre-qualification process, and whom will be deemed qualified, will be requested to bid when the government issues the tender in August, 2012.

Applications for pre-qualification will close on 16 July 2012

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