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United Kingdom

ICT4D resources on the United Kingdom

Quick Facts

Total population                63.04 million (2012 est.)                           
GDP per capita

USD 36,600 (2011 est.)

Telephone lines (per 100 people)
53.24 (2011)
Mobile cellular subscriptions (per 100 people)
130.75 (2011)
Internet subscribers (per 100 people)
82.00 (2011)
Personal computers (per 100 people)
Households with a television set
Mobile telephone usage (minutes/user/month)
Internet users (per 100 people)
Population covered by mobile cellular network
Fixed broadband subscribers (per 100 people)
32.74 (2011)
International Internet bandwidth (bits/second/person) 39,650

Source: ICT at a Glance (World Bank)


General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The Economist’s Country Briefing

The World Factbook (CIA)

Resources on E-Co Hub

UK Smart Grid Cyber Security

This report provides an approach and management framework to address the cyber security challenges faced nationally and by the Distribution Network Organisations as the current network infrastructure is developed with new Smart Grid systems and technologies. It is intended to provide a sound basis upon which detailed and enduring smart grid cyber security efforts can be built through the „low carbon transition‟. Two levels are considered: firstly at national level to provide an overarching approach to smart grid cyber security, and secondly at DNO level to support the development of management systems for smart grid cyber security. This approach reviews current UK activities, European activities, several international standards and current guidelines for smart grid cyber security essentially to gain an understanding of the current cyber security initiatives worldwide, and to understand the applicability of these initiatives in the UK. Key stakeholders were engaged to understand how cyber security is currently being addressed by the electricity network companies in the UK, and how this can be best addressed using the findings of this report.

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