Vodafone UK and Birmingham City Council have teamed up to
loan over 450 children laptops with mobile broadband internet
access.The pilot scheme could be rolled out to more regions if it proves
Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young
people and families at Birmingham City Council 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.'
The programme, funded by Government agency Becta, also gives
parents a chance to develop their ICT skills alongside their
children and contribute to their education. Parents can also
monitor online reports on their childs progress for the first
As part of the project, Vodafone Secure Remote Access service is
being used to ensure the security of the Councils network, data
or hardware is not compromised under the scheme.
Vodafone's Secure Remote Access system was recently awarded the
CESG Claims Tested Mark (CCTM) by GCHQ, making Vodafone the first
UK mobile operator to receive the CCTM mark.