Orange has agreed a five year deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to handle its mobile network operations in the UK.
The deal will see Orange outsource the management, planning, expansion, optimisation and maintenance of its 2G and 3G networks, as it aims to improve performance and coverage.
As part of the agreement 470 staff will be transferred from Orange, 230 joining Nokia Siemens and the rest to join a sub-contractor chosen by Nokia Siemens that will be responsible for first line maintenance.
“Nokia Siemens Networks has a proven global expertise in managing large, multi-technology networks, and our partnership with the company is a win-win for all involved – Orange UK, our customers and our employees,” said Orange UK vice preisdent of IT and networks Pete Marsden.
“Nokia Siemens Networks will provide our transferring employees with strong career paths within global organizations recognised as telecommunications industry leaders.”
Orange will retain ownership of the network and will continue to take responsibility for strategic planning.