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O2 partners with DfE to provide 40GB free data to home schooling families

Jasper Hart
January 7, 2021

MNO is also continuing its Community Calling device donation scheme

O2 is partnering with the Department for Education (DfE) to provide 40GB of free data per month to support families with connectivity issues that are home schooling during the current national lockdown.

Through the DfE’s Get Help with Tech scheme, disadvantaged pupils from years three to 11 are able to get the data from O2.

O2 is also continuing its Community Calling scheme that it launched last year in collaboration with charity Hubbub in a pilot scheme in the London borough of Southwark, before expanding nationwide.

“Connecting the most vulnerable, and digitally disconnected, is something we’ve long championed at O2,” said O2 CEO Mark Evans.

“As well as being part of this scheme, our own Community Calling initiative is already landing in homes across the country – with donated devices and data connections allowing children to learn – and adults to get online – from home.”

The MNO’s initiatives are part of the latest round of charitable moves from telecoms providers as the UK undergoes its latest national lockdown.

Three has said it will provide unlimited data upgrades to disadvantaged schoolchildren in England to help them with home working, also in partnership with the DfE.

BT has also pledged an extra free 20GB of monthly mobile data for disadvantaged families through the Get Help with Tech Scheme.

And Vodafone is offering 12 months’ free broadband to small businesses, having previously offered six months’ free broadband from June last year.

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