Ofcom’s main corporate service provider is O2, a freedom of information request by Mobile has revealed. The regulator also has coverage from EE, Vodafone and T-Mobile, with more than £175,000 spent annually on staff mobile contracts.
The regulator stated: ‘The main corporate service provider for Ofcom is O2. We also use EE, Vodafone and T Mobile to ensure coverage for colleagues who are unable to obtain an O2 signal at their home location. The average annual spend (over the past three years) is around £175,000 (this information has been taken from a previous response from June 2015).
‘For O2 there are 514 connections (made up of mobiles, Blackberries and data cards); for Vodafone 13 connections (made up of mobiles, blackberries and data cards). For EE there is one mobile connection and T Mobile nine connections (mobiles only).’
Ofcom explained that it uses the Crown Commercial Services Framework agreement for mobile telephony. A number of telecoms companies have recently been involved in the framework, competing for a number of public sector contracts. Ten lots for the Network Services Framework were up for grabs, including mobile voice and data, call centres, CCTV and telephony systems.