11/18/2009 12:07:00 PM
Distributors selected for Government's Home Access Programme contract
A number of IT distributors have beaten mobile focused distributor Micro-P to secure the Government’s Home Access Programme contract.
Companies were invited to tender for the contract in August 2009, and the decision to appoint suppliers was made at the end of October.
IT distributors and retailers Bli Education, Centreprise, Comet, Misco, Positive IT solutions and XMA have been awarded the title of ‘provisional approved suppliers’.
Micro-P, an IT distributor with mobile arm Portix, placed a bid in August but is not on the official list released by Becta, the agency running the scheme.
Becta will now carry out processes to ensure suppliers pass operational checks.
The distributors will provide disadvantaged families that qualify for the scheme with laptops and broadband connections, in the Government’s bid to improve learning at home.
There could be up to 220,000 broadband connections available and some suppliers are leaning towards mobile broadband.
XMA will be partnering with T-Mobile stores and UK Online centres for the national roll-out of the programme.
It ran a trial of the programme in Oldham and Suffolk with O2, earlier this year.
Comet confirmed it would be providing mobile broadband, but refused to name the network partner.
Comet’s general manager of commercial process, Chris Kent, said: ‘We are proud to be selected as the only national electrical retailer to partner with the Government, and we look forward to providing a market leading proposition.’