Vodafone UK and Birmingham City Council have teamed up to provide mobile broadband dongles and laptops to over 450 children through a pilot scheme.
The scheme, funded by government agency Becta, has enabled children with no fixed lines at home with free internet access for learning programmes and education resources. Vodafone has also provided its online security system Vodafone Secure Remote Access service.
The Vodafone Secure Remote Access solution has been awarded the CESG Claims Tested Mark quality mark by CESG, the information assurance arm of GCHQ. The networks is the to be awarded with the mark, which verifies the product as a security solution for data confidentiality, integrity and availability in the modern public sector IT environment.
Birmingham City Council cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families councillor Les Lawrence said: “This is a highly flexible and cost effective way for us to provide some of the most disadvantaged homes in the region with mobile broadband access and make sure that the children have every opportunity to improve their education.”