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Half a million frontline NHS workers benefit from mobile and broadband offers during lockdown

Paul Lipscombe
July 3, 2020

NHS workers have been able to access greater amounts of data, voice calls and texts

Half-a-million NHS frontline staff in England have benefited from both mobile and broadband offers from operators during the lockdown. 

That is according to a statement released from the government earlier today (July 3). 

It follows an agreement struck by the government, NHS and telcos in April, with 29 companies providing the service to NHS workers. 

Those providers involved in the initiative include the four MNOs EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three, plus MVNOs including; Tesco Mobile, Lycamobile, Giffgaff, Smarty and iD Mobile. 

A host of telcos also contributed including BT, Virgin Media, Sky, talktalk, Openreach, CityFibre, KCOM and Plusnet. 

Others include Gigaclear, Post Office, Ask4, Community Fibre, Zzoomm, Voneus, Hyperoptic, G.Network, Spectrum and Wightfibre. 


Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman said: “We’ve depended on our NHS heroes throughout this crisis and I am glad we’ve been able to provide this package of support from our brilliant telecoms companies to keep them connected.

“That so many frontline staff during this difficult time are benefitting from the mobile data, calls and texts they need at no extra cost is no less than they deserve.” 

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