Italy announces national logistics platform tender

Friday 17 January 2014 | 13:33 CET | News
UIRNet, a public agency operating under the Italian ministry of infrastructure and transport, has opened a tender for the development of a national platform for integrated logistics and intermodal transport. The project aims to create a network of services for the transport and logistic sectors with a view to improving the efficiency of freight village services and increasing safety standards throughout the entire process chain. The concession period is 20 years and the successful bidder is expected to invest at least EUR 20 million in the project. However, according to the agency’s calculations, the project will break even within 6-7 years and will subsequently provide an overall return of 19 percent per year. Offers need to be submitted by 20 March and the successful bidder will be announced by 30 April.

According to Il Sole 24 Ore, potential bidders could include companies such as Telecom Italia, Poste Italiane, Huawei, Autostrade per l’Italia, IBM, Finmeccanica, Accenture, DHL and TNT. In 2011 Telecom Italia won a 10-year contract to provide mobile telephony and related services to UIRNet and its operative companies.

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