Vodafone UK outsource network ops to Ericsson

Vodafone UK and Ericsson have announced a seven year agreement for Ericsson to provide maintenance and operations for Vodafone UK's 2G and 3G radio access networks. The contract includes the transfer of approximately 350 employees from Vodafone to Ericsson, scheduled for the beginning of May.
Jeni Mundy, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK, says, 'We see this as a strategic long-term relationship, offering real operational and financial benefits allowing us, over time, to reinvest savings in delivering new products and services for customers. Ericsson is the specialist in this area and will be critical in helping maintain our high quality network.'

It will be interesting to see if this contract is extended to other countries, which does seem to be in vogue right now.