How to Construct an Effective Telecom RFP

Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) December 10, 2005

Every day across the business world, potential customers interact with vendors and providers of goods and services through signed agreements, often referred to as the “RFP” or “Request for Proposal”.

In the telecom industry, the RFP can serve as the means for purchasing equipment as well as the preferred path by companies and government agencies to obtain telecom services and maintenance agreements from telecom carriers themselves.

Although the circumstances and desired results will have a big impact as to the length, specificity, and detail of an RFP, there are certain points worth considering when attempting to construct an RFP that is effective.

To maximize the result and time spent on the RFP itself, be sure the RFP contains the following:

1) A Table of Contents

The organization of material contained within the RFP is best outlined in the beginning:the table of contents. Outline each area of the RFP in neat detail so that readers will be able to quickly scan content and understand exactly how the RFP has been organized.

2) A Situation Summary

This area provides the reader background information about the company or organization – the nature of the enterprise, size and scope, a brief history, ownership information, etc. as well as an overview of the current telecom systems and the reasons and concerns for making changes.

3) Required Rules of Response

An effective RFP will provide bidders with specific and concise terms under which they must respond. Alot of time and confusion can be saved by making this section of the RFP specific and detailed. In it, consider answering questions such as:

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