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Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN)

The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) is the only existing example of successfully transitioning away from an N3 service at scale.

Updata has a framework contract to deliver SWAN, a single public services network for the use of all public service organisations within Scotland and is connecting schools, hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacists and local council offices.

SWAN is providing connectivity to some of the most inhospitable places in the country and connecting the most remote NHS outposts, from the Highlands to the Islands.


SWAN allows all its customers to benefit from economies of scale as well as increasing productivity and collaboration. It acts as the gateway for N3, the Internet, Janet and PSN frameworks and offer technical services such as DNS, NTP, mail relay, web filtering, remote access plus hardware and support.


Updata is ultimately aiming to reach 5,500 sites across Scotland, including schools, hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacies and local council offices. So far more than 4,000 sites have connected, across every geographical area in Scotland.

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