Vodafone in £6bn public services deal

Vodafone in £6bn public services deal

Vodafone and O2 have both won coveted places as suppliers on the Government’s £17bn Public Services Network (PSN) framework contract.

As suppliers, both operators will be able to bid for millions of pounds of public sector work covering mobile, unified comms and ICT services over the four-year framework deal.

Vodafone confirmed it had won a place as a supplier on all six lots it had bid for, giving it access to mobile, unified comms and ICT deals worth a combined £6bn.

The lots cover communication, video conferencing, call and contact centres, mobile voice and data, paging and unified services. Vodafone said the breadth of services covered would allow it to offer a one stop shop for mobile, unified comms and ICT services to public sector clients.

Simon Holmyard (pictured), PSN head at Vodafone UK, said the win was a vote of confidence for Vodafone’s technology, which includes its unified comms solution Vodafone One Net.

He added: ‘Having worked closely with many public sector customers for over 25 years, we fully understand the requirement for many government departments to deliver cost savings while increasing productivity.

‘With our solid experience and extensive industry knowledge we are eminently prepared to help new and existing public sector customers begin their transformation and find better ways of working.’

O2 declined to reveal details before Mobile went to press.

Both operators will be expected to deliver major savings to public sector customers. The PSN programme aims to deliver savings of £460m per year on the Government’s £17bn annual ICT costs by creating one standardised network, from which suppliers will be able to offer their services.

James Barford of Enders Analysis said winning a place on the framework would open up valuable new revenue streams. He added: ‘A portion of this could be from business they have had before and possibly this will be at a lower price since the Government is hoping to cut significant costs.

'Nevertheless there will be new business around the ICT side and in Vodafone’s case, if its purchase of Cable & Wireless World goes through, this will help it win new business.’

Written by Mobile Today
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