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23 May 2016

North Lanarkshire Council joins Scottish Wide Area Network

Today, SWAN announces that North Lanarkshire Council has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland. SWAN is being delivered through a framework contract with Capita IT Enterprise Services.

Since the contract was signed in February 2014, over 3,750 sites and nearly 4,000 circuits have been connected and a core network and operations centre has been constructed. The team has also received Public Service Network accreditation and has achieved ISO27001, recognising international information security best practice.

North Lanarkshire Council comprises in excess of 150 educational and 200 corporate establishments, delivering services to 340,000 residents including 49,000 pupils.  The SWAN service being delivered comprises some 250 circuits utilising bandwidths up to 1Gb/sec.

North Lanarkshire Council is one of the latest public sector bodies to join SWAN, and it joins over 50 other organisations that are benefiting from infrastructure and service sharing, which is lowering costs and improving connectivity across the whole public sector in Scotland.

We have high hopes that SWAN will lead to a greater level of collaboration and sharing across the public sector and that North Lanarkshire will benefit from that both functionally and financially.

Brian Cook

Head of revenue and e-Government solutions within North Lanarkshire Council

The addition of NLC to the Scottish Wide Area Network shows that SWAN has become a crucial part of Scotland’s national IT infrastructure. For NLC, the benefits of SWAN’s economies of scale means that staff will have access to faster, better networking at a reduced cost.

Eddie Cronie

Managing director of SWAN

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