2014 Report details for project: N3 Extension

Project name: N3 Extension - there are 2 reports for this project: 2013, 2014
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Organisation: DOH (D12) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: ICT - see all reports for this category
Description: N3 is the National Network for the NHS. It is a Wide Area Network (WAN) deployed as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and is one of the largest in Europe. It provides reliable, supporting IT infrastructure, world class Internet Protocol (IP) networking services and sufficient, secure connectivity and broadband capacity to meet current and future NHS IT needs. It provides connectivity to all NHS organisations in England, as well as non-NHS sites providing NHS care, ensuring a reliable service at every site where NHS services are delivered or managed. Via N3 Voice Services it makes best value IP telephony services available to all NHS organisations including GP’s. N3 Managed Video Conferencing service has also been launched which will facilitate the opportunity for significant cost saving and productivity benefits for subscribed users. N3 is a fully managed IP network with over 48,000 connections (consisting of 14,700 aggregator and 19,000 VPN Token connections, the remainder being around 14,000 physical network connections) which is contracted to be available 24hrs, 7days a week for 365 days per year. A separate Programme is underway to contract for new networking arrangements at the termination of the N3 Contract. Service continuity will be assured by the transition arrangements being developed as part of the new Programme.
DCA (RAG): Red
DCA text: The Delivery Confidence of this report reflected the SRO view based on the failure to achieve approval for the N3 extension business case. N3 Delivery Confidence was rated GREEN at the last Gateway 5 (Operations Review and Benefits Evaluation) MPA Review. However, since this point, approval to spend from 1st April became contingent upon moving into the termination period provided for in the contract and agreeing a revised commercial position with BT. In addition, a clear agreement on future strategic intent was needed before the approval could be granted. Therefore, the current N3 Programme and its deliverables were rated RED. Allied to this, the challenge of achieving approval of a revised business case by 1st April 2014, would have also attracted a RED Delivery Confidence rating. Subsequently, progress has been made on moving N3 into transition and approval has been received to fund N3 for a further 12 months. Agreement on the future strategic intent for health and care networking has also been agreed with the Cabinet Office. Delivery Confidence rating remains RED.
Start date: 2004-02-19
End date: 2014-03-31
Schedule text: Programme is on schedule to end as per the current approved business case.
Baseline: £125.33m
Forecast: £99.23m
Variance: -20.83%
Variance text: There is a variance between the EBC original figures and the £99.23m is due to various factors. There have been many technology changes – NGE, improved internet gateway, data centre migrations, CoIN re-signs and a core upgrade which have all contributed to reductions in spend. The original router refresh profile has also reduced for FY 13-14 and transit and exit costs of £10m are no longer included in the N3 budget as these should be in the PSNH business case. The remainder is a management challenge to further reduce costs.
Whole Life Cost: £371.88m
WLCost text: WLC is Gov Spend There is no Non Gov Spend in this business case
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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