Redcentric awarded three-year Health and Social Care Network contract
The IT managed services provider Redcentric has been chosen to provide the peering exchange for the UK’s new Health and Social Care Network.
NHS Digital is using HSCN to replace the BT-run N3 network (NHS National Network) – the contract for which ends in March 2017 – in a bid to move away from long-term single supplier contracts to create a marketplace of network options for health and social care organisations.
The peering exchange will act as a “super switch” for this shift: allowing multiple community network service providers to supply connectivity to NHS end users and to interconnect their networks at multiple peering exchange points, forming a single logical network.
The HSCN’s programme director, Dermot Ryan, described the peering exchange as a critical component of the HSCN infrastructure, adding that the award of the contract was a “significant step forward in establishing an HSCN marketplace of assured network services”.
He said: “This marketplace will drive competition amongst suppliers, improve consumer choice, support innovation and deliver value for money. The peering exchange will allow HSCN customers, who are using different network suppliers, to reliably communicate by interconnecting multiple supplier networks.”
Redcentric – which is one of the largest suppliers of N3 connectivity solutions – will be responsible for providing the peer exchange on an initial contract for three years, with the option to extend for a further three years.
Mo Siddiqi, Redcentric’s chief operating officer, said that the company was “extremely proud to have been selected to underpin this key NHS Digital initiative” and was “totally committed to delivering this critical infrastructure and service”.
Meanwhile, the HSCN team is running a series of webinars for existing N3 customers on the HSCN Connection Agreement and procurement options over the next three weeks.
Just as with outsourcing before it, cloud will not fix underlying operational complexity, according to Richard Blanford of Fordway
As an ever-greater volume of increasingly sophisticated devices watch us all, PublicTechnology talks to regulator Tony Porter about his office’s role in ensuring surveillance is always...
Department uses social-media conversation as part of consultation on potential move to opt-out model
CEO of capital-based not-for-profit trust that helps schools to get the most out of technology discusses plans to expand into the education space outside London and the wider public sector
BT brought together CIOs from well known organisations to identify the key threats and opportunities that new technologies are presenting
Hartley was a senior officer in the RAF and now works in cyber security for BT. Ahead of the BT Cyber Security Careers Insight, the Officers' Association asked him to...
BT's Andy Rowland on technological risk, and how the systems fundamental to modern life are under attack
BT's Mike Pannell on the different ways of anonymising information and their application to IoT data