[zdnet] The government conducted a test of the UK's broadband and comms networks in November, it has emerged.
A Digital Britain implementation update published in December said that the test was a drill to rehearse responses in the event of the UK telephone network coming under attack, or otherwise failing.
"On 11 and 12 November, the Government successfully carried out a major test of the UK’s ability to manage and recover from a major loss of network capacity," said the update. "The test centred on the loss of the Public Switched Telephone Network."
A spokesperson for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) told ZDNet UK on Friday that the operation had been codenamed White Noise, but declined to provide any further details.
UK gov't conducts comms resiliency test