Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN)

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The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Framework Contract has been awarded to Capita plc.

The SWAN Programme is a major milestone from the Digital Public Services strategy which will deliver a single, secure public services communications network available for the use of any, and potentially all, public service organisations within Scotland; with aggregated demand delivering both cost and performance advantages. The contract value for SWAN Connectivity Services is estimated to be up to £325m over 9 years.

It is one of the first major initiatives to be launched by Scottish Ministers in support of the Scotland's national digital public services strategy ‘Scotland’s Digital Future – Delivery of Public Services’ and is aligned with the McClelland Review of Scottish Public Sector ICT Infrastructure, taking forward its recommendations on public sector collaborative procurement, aggregation of network demand and use of common standards.

Background

The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Programme is designed to deliver a single public services network available for the use of any, and potentially all, public service organisations within Scotland; with aggregated demand delivering both cost and performance advantages.

The SWAN initiative aims to enable infrastructure and service sharing that will produce cost efficiencies and facilitate the creation of public services that are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local needs.

An OJEU Notice to start a procurement for the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) was published in October 2012. The SWAN Programme is a major component of  the Digital Public Services Strategy (DPSS) which will deliver a single, secure public services communications network available for the use of any, and potentially all, public service organisations within Scotland, with aggregated demand delivering both cost and performance advantages. It was the first major initiative to be launched   as part of the DPSS. SWAN is aligned with the McClelland Review of Scottish Public Sector ICT Infrastructure, taking forward its recommendations on public sector collaborative procurement, aggregation of network demand and use of common standards.

The initial phase of the programme will deliver services to the four SWAN Vanguard Partners: NHS Scotland, Education Scotland, Pathfinder North (a consortium that comprises   the Highland  Council, Argyle and Bute Council, Orkney Island Council, Moray Council and Comhairle nan  Eilean Siar) and Pathfinder South (a consortium that comprises Dumfries and Galloway Council and The Borders Council). The Vanguard Partners have aggregated their demand and were responsible for the procurement. The contract is structured to allow other bodies to join as their existing contracts run out, and there is already a good pipeline of further organisations committed to joining. It is therefore a very good example of effective collaborative working across a range of public bodies to deliver a procurement that meets the needs of all parties and, crucially, is affordable for each.

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