NHS Digital selects peering exchange provider for HSCN

NHS Digital has signed IT managed service provider Redcentric to provide peering exchange services, a technology that’s at the heart of the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

The contract is for three years initially with the option to extend for a further three years.

With HSCN triggering the shift in architecture from the current single-supplier N3 network to a disaggregated supplier model, the Peering Exchange will effectively act as a ‘super switch’: multiple Consumer Network Service Providers (CN-SPs) will supply connectivity to end users and interconnect their networks at multiple Peering Exchange points to form a single logical network.

Dermot Ryan, HSCN Programme Director for NHS Digital, said: “We are pleased to have awarded this contract to Redcentric, following a competitive procurement process.

“The Peering Exchange is a critical component of the HSCN infrastructure and the contract is a significant step forward in establishing an HSCN marketplace of assured network services.

“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.

“It is an important step in the migration from N3 to HSCN and will enable more opportunities for collaboration and support digital transformation which enhances health and social care.”

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