Big four share in £170m contracts


The Government has divided a significant share of £170 million in public sector mobile voice and data contracts among the big four UK network operators.

The Government’s public sector procurement arm Buying Solutions assessed candidates in a tender process on the value of their mobile propositions. Buying Solutions’ job is to stimulate competition among suppliers to obtain the best value for public sector workers.

O2, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile, among others, are represented in the new Mobile Solutions (II) framework. 3 is the only UK mobile network operator absent from Buying Solutions’ books.

Buying Solutions Mobile Solutions (II) project manager Nigel George said: “Mobile Solutions (II) secures existing benefits enjoyed by customers, provides new savings opportunities and satisfies the growing demand for more flexible mobile voice and data services designed to meet the demands of the transformational government agenda.”

The tender process was divided into three lots, and the decision on the winners was announced before Christmas.

BT, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone won supply contracts  in the lot ‘mobile voice and data’, for straightforward mobile subscriptions in the public sector.

2ergo, HTK, Orange, PageOne Communications and Vodafone  won the lot ‘wide-area paging and messaging’, procured primarily for public sector workers in environments where the use of messaging devices capable of transmission is restricted.

AMT-SYBEX, BT, Detica, Orange and Vodafone won supply contracts for ‘bespoke mobile solutions’, the tender to provide field workers with mobile solutions tailored to their specific needs.

All contracts became active January 1.

Vodafone has traditionally enjoyed a monopoly of public sector business, particularly within the government sector. O2 said last month it leads Vodafone in the SME space and is closing on it in the corporate sector. Orange and T-Mobile are some way behind. 3 is effectively non-existent in the corporate segment.