The DETI for Northern Ireland and the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (MCENR) for the Republic of Ireland jointly require the provision of a direct telecommunications submarine cable connection from a new or existing North American submarine cable to the North West Region of Ireland ( the landing point must be to the West of Rathlin Island), with subsequent terrestrial connections to Letterkenny in County Donegal and Monaghan in County Monaghan ( and with the possibility for bidders to bid to provide additional terrestrial connections in the North West of the Island of Ireland as defined in the tender douments) and for the provision of telecommunications services over these connections as detailed in the tender documentation. The submarine cable link to the North West of the island of Ireland may be from an existing North American submarine cable ( by means of a branching unit) or connect directly to a landing point of a transatlantic cable. DETI will be the prime contracting authority with the successful service provider, on behalf of itself and the MCENR. Project Kelvin is being funded by a grant from the EU INTERREG IVA Programme for Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland 2007-2013. The project has a maximum budget of 30 million Euros.