Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Telefónica I+D Outsources to Ericsson + Indra

has agreed to a major network outsourcing agreement with Ericsson and Indra, a Spanish IT management firm based in Madrid.

The agreement includes transfer of Telefónica's complete pre-paid billing assets, related operations support systems together with about 500 employees that develop, operate and maintain the solution that today serves about 100 million subscribers in the Telefónica Group. The assets will be transferred to Ericsson and Indra, effective October, 2010. Of the about 500 highly skilled employees joining Ericsson and Indra, approximately 400 come from Telefónica I+D in Spain and about 100 come from Telefónica I+D in Brazil.

Ericsson said the deal strengthens its position within systems integration and within the areas of business support systems (BSS) and operation support systems (OSS).

Telefónica spokesperson said: "Pre-paid is an important component in our group's offering and we are happy to have Ericsson and Indra managing our solution. The agreement offers a unique opportunity for the development and the operational efficiency of the billing solution, together with the Telefónica I+D organizations that the two companies are taking over."http://www.ericsson.com