O2 Ireland ekes away Voda share


O2 and Vodafone have grappled for a range of corporate contracts in Ireland, with O2 appearing to come out on top for recent wins.

Mobile News understands O2 scored a deal of around 1,800 handsets for computer manufacturer Dell, as well as around 1,500 for the Glanbia farming co-operative, and around 1,200 for cement company CRH.

Meanwhile, O2 also lost a round of smaller enterprise contracts that were lost to Vodafone. These include a deal of around 400 handsets for pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline Beecham, around 380 for wind energy farming group Airtricity and around 1,000 for engineering company Mercury.

Vodafone is also understood to have retained around 90 per cent of its public sector contracts, with the exception of the Department of Finance and Department of Foreign Affairs, which were both lost to O2. The deals are understood to be for around 120 and 160 handsets respectively.

Neither network confirmed the movements.

A Vodafone Ireland spokesperson said: “Vodafone Ireland is the number one choice of mobile provider to Irish businesses. The company has an overall 43.5 per cent market share and is market leader across all industry segments – corporate, government and small business.

“Vodafone Ireland continues to win the competitive battle for business customers and remains the first choice for mobile solutions in Ireland.”

O2 Ireland said: “O2 cannot comment on speculation regarding possible customer wins or losses.”