8/11/2009 3:29:00 PM
Micro-P bids for government broadband contract
Micro-P has put in a bid to provide mobile broadband as part of a government programme called Home Access, aimed at providing internet access and IT facilities to disadvantaged households.
The tender was put in on 3 August and the IT distributor will find out the result on 29 September.
The company is hoping to become an approved supplier of broadband in partnership with 3. It is believed that there are 220,000 connections available.
The Home Access programme is a £300m project that was trialled from February to June of this year in Oldham and Suffolk .
Each qualifying household will be given a £520 grant to buy a laptop and 12 months broadband internet, and a source close to Micro-P told Mobile that the majority of those connections will be mobile broadband.
The programme was announced by Gordon Brown in September 2008 and will be rolled out nationally towards the end of the year or early next year.
The aim of the scheme is to remove the divide between households that do and do not have access to the technology to improve home learning.
Micro-P has worked with 3 since it decided to move into the telecoms space earlier this year. It connects its airtime and supplies laptops to the network's retail estate.