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Nokia Siemens Networks intends to sign a strategic partnership with Devoteam Group

21 сентября 2007

As part of the deal, all development activities in Herentals with the exception of Open Transport Network (OTN) will be transferred to Devoteam Group. Approximately 160 transferred employees are planned to become fully integrated into the operations of Devoteam Group.

Nokia Siemens Networks has expressed its intention to conclude an asset sale and transfer agreement with Devoteam Group for its Development Center in Herentals, Belgium The anticipated signing is expected to take place by the end of September.

Consistent with Nokia Siemens Networks’ plans announced on May 4, transferring R&D capabilities to trusted business partners is part of realizing Nokia Siemens Networks’ overall synergy saving target. The synergy savings are necessary to build a competitive business for the future.

“Nokia and Siemens, the parent companies of Nokia Siemens Networks, have successfully partnered with Devoteam Group over recent years,” said Mika VEHVILAINEN, Chief Operating Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. “This agreement is good for Devoteam Group and for the employees of Nokia Siemens Networks. It gives Nokia Siemens Networks additional flexibility and transfers people to a strong partner where their competencies will be a natural fit.”

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to hone its R&D activities to enhance efficiency and support operations in new growth markets like China and India. The company intends to tighten the focus of R&D centers of competence, and expand cooperation with R&D collaboration services to improve cost efficiency and complement its own competence offering.

“Nokia Siemens Networks’ customers will reap the benefits as this agreement strengthens our capabilities to provide them with high quality software and products,” Vehvilainen added.

“We have a proven track record of successfully managing the evolution of R&D personnel into system integration consultants, as part of our strategy to create a major European services group in the telecom sector”, said Godefroy DE BENTZMANN, co-CEO of Devoteam Group. “The integration of the transferred employees is a key success factor, since their skills and experience will further strengthen our competencies, notably in IPTV, IMS, Next Generation Networks and Fixed-Mobile convergence.”

The deal includes the Development Center’s current R&D activities in the Service Core and Applications Business Unit, Operations and Business Software Business Unit and in the Research, Technology & Platforms unit. The Development Center in Herentals supports R&D activities in fields including Next Generation Voice and Multimedia, Perfect Voice Fixed and Mobile, Element Operations and Network Management as well as Network Technology and Platform Development.

Источник: Nokia Siemens Networks

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