Feeds

Departments reveal mobile device spending

Defence splurged £6.6m on 45,000 'devices' and data services in 2009-10

Top three mobile application threats

The Department for Transport spent £1.5m on mobile telephones and related data services in the 2010-11 financial year. The department, which has seven executive agencies, disclosed that 7,757 officials were issued with mobile phones such as BlackBerrys and other 3G devices in that year.

The department was responding to a parliamentary written question from Conservative MP Mike Freer about expenditure on mobile services for the latest available financial year. The Department of Health was the second largest spender, with costs of £738,301 on mobile communications devices during 2010, with 1,741 staff issued with phones during that year.

The Ministry of Defence was unable to provide the information on the 2010-11 financial year that was requested, but instead said it had spent £6.6m on mobile communications devices for ministers, members of the armed forces and civil servants in 2009-10 as part of the Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service, which provides most of its mobile communication requirements.

Defence minister Andrew Robathan added that 45,306 devices, including mobile phones, BlackBerrys and 3G data cards, were in issue at the end of the 2009-10 financial year. The spending includes rental, calls and data services.

Other answers show that the Department for International Development (DfID) provided 728 officials with mobile phones in the UK, with total spending of £222,789 on UK and overseas devices in 2010-11. International development minister Alan Duncan said the department was unable to give a figure for the mobiles in use by overseas DfID staff, as responsibility and accounting had been devolved to overseas offices, and collating the data would cost too much.

Communities and Local Government has 725 mobile devices on issue, on which it spent £113,000 in 2009-10. The Northern Ireland Office spent £13,957 on such services, with 52 officials provided with devices in 2010-11; and the Scotland Office, which provides 27 members of staff with mobiles, spent £12,757 in 2009-10.

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

Guardian Government Computing is a business division of Guardian Professional, and covers the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. For updates on public sector IT, join the Government Computing Network here.

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction
Appeals court strikes down landmark sentence
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.