Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Nokia Siemens Networks Signs R&D Deal with Devoteam in Belgium

Nokia Siemens Networks will transfer its R&D team and Development Center in Herentals, Belgium to Devoteam Group, an IT consulting group specializing in telecoms, systems infrastructure, IT security and e-business applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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

Nokia Siemens Networks said the transfer is consistent with its plans to transfer R&D capabilities to trusted business partners. The company 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.


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