Gamma Telecom has announced that it has been chosen, together with its partners Livvy’s and 3 UK, as a key provider for the UK government’s Becta Home Access scheme which aims to provide laptop computers together with mobile broadband Internet access to 270,000 eligible children and their families. The government aims to improve learning and achievement, to motivate and engage children, to encourage independence and creativity, to enable children to connect learning at school and at home and to help parents and carers get more involved by providing children with computers and Internet access at home.
Gamma is providing a complete network service, from SIM cards, 3G dongles and the mobile broadband service; to enable remote provisioning via its portal as well as billing and second and third line customer and technical support. It is working with convergence partner Livvy’s to make the service available to approximately 270,000 families in the UK, The initial tranche has already been made available to 10,000 families.
Gamma was chosen because of its flexible and innovative approach to delivering quality mobile broadband service at a competitive price. In addition, Gamma was selected because of its relationship with 3 UK who operate the biggest 3G mobile broadband network in the UK.
“Gamma’s flexibility and strong network allows its partners to put forward competitive, flexible and innovative solutions that win deals,” said Mark Whiteman, Sales Director at Livvy’s. “In addition, its portal and automated systems are key in allowing us to easily provision devices remotely. This not only gives us visibility of and control over the connections but also makes it possible for families taking part in the Home Access scheme to take their new laptop home and have it working straight away.”
“It has been shown that having a computer with Internet access at home can enhance learner achievement, increase motivation and improve parental engagement, which in turn encourages children and helps them get better marks at school,” said Rob Davis Gamma Telecom. “Being part of such a worthwhile cause is an honour and we are happy to be playing a role, alongside our channel partner Livvy’s, in helping to bridge the digital divide in Britain.”
Darren King, 3 UK’s MVNO Account Manager, said: “3 UK has the biggest 3G network in the UK, and by choosing us as their partners it will ensure Gamma’s customers have access to Britain’s best network for mobile data. We are committed to growing our wholesale business and we see partnerships such as this one with Gamma as a vital part of our strategy going forward.”