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Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN)

The Wide Area Network is a necessity to enable Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway Councils to conduct business using modern, cost effective infrastructure. Both Councils are participants in the Scottish Wide Area Network Project.

The existing South of Scotland Broadband Pathfinder contract provides the Wide Area Network (WAN) managed services for both Dumfries & Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council. The WAN managed services are a necessity to enable Dumfries and Galloway Council to conduct business using modern, cost effective infrastructure. The WAN provides network connectivity across the council's corporate and education estates.

The Pathfinder South project will be replaced by the Scottish Wide-Area Network (SWAN) Programme, a Scottish Government initiative to enable much greater infrastructure sharing, collaboration and collaborative procurement of ICT networking and services capability than is achieved at present across the public sector.

The Programme supports the McClelland review of Scottish Public Sector ICT Infrastructure recommendation for the delivery of a single public sector communications network infrastructure.

The SWAN programme will deliver, amongst other things, a single, holistic telecommunications infrastructure open for the use of any and potentially, all public sector organisations within Scotland. It will replace the existing approach where each public

sector organisation design, develops, delivers and maintains their individual network infrastructure.

As well as reducing procurement and operational costs, the SWAN will open opportunities for information sharing and local and national participation and collaboration across public sector partners.

The national SWAN procurement is led by NHSScotland with support and input from the Vanguard Partners, including both South of Scotland Councils.

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