Zambia: StarTimes selected as for digital migration

Regulation & Policy

The Zambian Government has not yet awarded a contract for the supply, delivery and installation of terrestrial digital migration to Star Software Technology of China. The Chinese firm, also known as StarTimes, has emerged as the preferred bidder.

Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent secretary Amos Malupenga and StarTimes have clarified separately that the tender process had not yet been concluded.

Malupenga said though StarTimes had been selected as the preferred bidder by the ministerial committee and the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA), the contract had not yet been awarded.

“StarTimes has been picked as a preferred bidder by both the ministerial committee and ZPPA as indicated in the advertisement in the Zambia Daily Mail and Times of Zambia that appeared on April 25 and 26, 2013.

“It does not mean that the company has been awarded a contract for the project as the tender procedure has not been completed,” Mr Malupenga said.

He said during a media briefing that the ministry, in accordance with tender procedures, had given other bidders that were not picked the right to appeal within 10 days after the publishing of the notice.

He said two companies had so far appealed against the decision and that the ministry was waiting for the third appeal before the close of business.

“After we receive the appeals from the companies, a committee would be appointed to look into the complaint and if the matter would not be resolved by the appointed committee then ZPPA will have the final say,” Mr Malupenga said.

StarTimes project manager, Ken Xie said the process of awarding the tender had not been concluded.

Five Chinese companies bid for the tender to supply, deliver, install and commission the terrestrial digital migration.

They include Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Gospel Digital Technology Company Limited, and King Tai investments Zambia Limited.

The ministry said the other companies were rejected based on partial quantities, omission of items, and non-compliance to the technical specification and bid security, among other reasons.