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Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 25 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average speed is of N3 network connections. (301371)

There are now over 32,000 live connections to the N3 network, including pharmacies, and the information requested could therefore be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The size, and hence speed, of the N3 network connection is adjustable to take into account the systems and services used, and the number of staff employed, at any given national health service location. To exemplify the range of speeds delivered, large acute hospital sites are typically connected to N3 by 100 megabits per second (mbps) Ethernet services. General practitioner practice sites might receive as much as eight mbps, though typically rather less depending, among other factors, on distance from the telephone exchange.