[Basingstoke, UK, 22 May, 2012]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the signing of a five-year managed services agreement with Telefónica UK. Under the agreement, Huawei will be responsible for planning and managing Telefónica UK’s core transmission, mobile access and network construction in the multivendor core network.
Victor Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei UK, said, “We are very pleased to announce our first major managed services agreement with Telefónica UK. Having collaborated with Telefónica in a number of markets around the world, this agreement, which focuses on building world-class managed services capabilities in the UK, is no doubt an important step in extending our relationship with Telefónica UK.”
As part of the agreement, 56 Telefónica UK employees will transfer to Huawei and work for Huawei’s managed services business in order to implement the planning and building of the core network. In addition, 62 contractors will also be transferred. These transfers will comply with the terms and conditions outlined in the Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment (“TUPE”) regulations.
Mr. Zhang added, “I am also glad to welcome 56 new employees to Huawei from Telefónica UK. Their skills and experience will be invaluable to Huawei as we seek to develop our managed services capabilities in the UK, as well as managing Telefónica UK’s core network. This agreement, indeed, further underlines our long-term commitment and investment in the UK market.”
As the fastest growing managed services provider in the world, Huawei currently collaborates with operators on over 240 agreements in more than 60 countries, providing first-class network products and support to operators.