The government promised tablets to students who did not have the resources to go to school online, but did not keep their word. The state has failed to purchase 250,000 such devices, as promised, and is now holding auctions for various smaller lots. Vodafone is currently the only bidder.
Because the state failed to buy 250,000 tablets with internet connection for students at first, the auction was resumed. And it was resumed in pieces, in various lots, as ONAC – the National Office for Centralized Procurement tells them. Two lots, North-East 1 and North-West, had no bids in the second tender, and the procedure will be resumed after the end of the tender, which opened on September 18, says Cornelia Nagy, head of ONAC for edupedu.ro.
Telekom Romania submitted the bids too late, so the only bidder left in the race is Vodafone.
Vodafone, alone in the race to deliver tablets to students
Vodafone submitted bids for four lots and, in the absence of another qualifying competitor, was left alone in the race.
“The auction is taking place in an emergency, the result could be reached as soon as possible this week. Precisely for the reason of urgency, the contracting authority is not obliged to wait 11 days for the submission of appeals, but the economic operator has the right to submit appeals “, Nagy explained. This would mean that in case of filing an appeal, you can go to court, but students will not have to wait for a procedure so delayed to finally receive the promised tablets. the announced deadline and time “, Cornelia Nagy also said.
The state wants to buy the rest of the promised tablets in an emergency, but things are moving extremely slowly. In the first round of auctions, the winner was Orange Romania, which delivered over 82,000 tablets in exchange for approximately 41 million lei.
Students should have received no less than 250,000 tablets before the start of the school year, ie on September 14. The government claimed that it had set aside the amount of 150 million lei for this project, but things did not go well from the beginning.