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Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN)


The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Framework Contract was awarded to Capita plc in February 2014. SWAN was made ready for Service at the end of July 2014 and has now over 3,000 sites connected to it. A number which is growing by the day.

Not only do we have the four Vanguard Partners who have signed their Call-off Contracts, we have Signed up three additional SWAN Members,  one other is about to sign their Call-off Contract and one other has asked to join. Capita and the SWAN Authority are also in discussion with another forty potential SWAN Members.

A second phase of the SWAN Programme has been defined and the attached document provides more detail of the Programme and its Mandate going forwards.

Here you will find the SWAN Programme Mandate


The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) is a Scottish Government led programme in partnership with the wider public sector created as a response to the McClelland review of ICT infrastructure in the Scottish Public Sector.

The initial phase of the programme is now delivering services to three of  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).

Through high levels of cooperation and open discussion, these user communities were able to safely disclose genuine costs and future requirements. This allowed sectors to reach agreement on the alignment of existing contracts, recognising that a move to a single contract and technological platform will provide shared opportunities for the public sector in Scotland as a whole.

This level of consensus and joint working represented a significant step forward and in doing so signalled to the private sector, the confidence and capability of the Scottish public sector to enter into a national collaborative procurement by entering an OJEU competitive dialogue process. From these two factors a number of benefits have been derived:

  • The SWAN Vanguard Project members were able to test potential suppliers to ensure that the Scottish Government and its public sector communities challenged and derived value from supplier negotiations resulting in the procurement of a solution which,  in most cases, cost less than current market valuations.
  • SWAN can now offer valuable lessons learned for the future use of collaborative competitive dialogue processes to inform and shape future supplier negotiations so that the Scottish Government and its partners can maximise the value from these as well.
  • Through a programme based approach and the use of PRINCE 2, SWAN established new, comprehensive and workable governance structures spanning public service sectors which can help build a best practice blue print for other large scale, complex and high value collaborative projects in the future.

Overall, SWAN has already delivered a number of tangible and intangible benefits either directly through its technology or circuitously via the procurement process. These benefits will serve and position the Scottish Government and its public sector partners well in achieving the investment objectives and wider national strategic principles which underpin this crucial programme of work.

If you would like to find out more about SWAN, please feel free to get in touch. For a more in-depth briefing, please read the full background note