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Ministry of Justice plans big spend on new WAN

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is planning to spend at least £100 million on a new wide area network (WAN) for secure connectivity for authorised devices around its estate.

The move is a key element of its plans for network services, outlined in June of last year, as part of an in-house capability for new technology services.

MoJ has published a prior information notice stating the need for a service providing WAN connectivity, gateway services to other network domains, cross-government services and the internet, and support for the delivery of end-to-end network services.

It indicates that the value of a contract will be between £100 million and £165 million depending on whether any extension options are applied and which projects are commissioned.

The overall plan also includes the intention to award a local area network contract and updating connectivity for 92 prisons.

The ministry’s head of networks, voice, video and hosting services, Nava Ramanan, said last year: “It is important that the contracts and relationships that we put in place are fit for purpose, sustainable and deliver value for money. We need solutions that meet our aspirations, services that support those solutions effectively and finally the working practices on how those solutions and services come together to support users.”

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