Huawei announced today (10 December 2012) that it has signed a managed services agreement with Three UK. Under the agreement Huawei will deliver service management and operations for Three’s core network in the UK, the transport network and the ICT applications.
Huawei has selected TechMahindra as its ICT Partner to deliver the ICT applications management. Tech Mahindra, is a global system integrator, specialist provider of solutions and services to the telecommunications industry.
The agreement between Three and Huawei will see a number of permanent roles transfer to work for Huawei’s managed services business and Tech Mahindra for the ICT applications management. The terms and conditions of these employees will be protected under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (known as ‘TUPE’).
Dave Dyson, chief executive officer, Three UK said: ‘The decision to select Huawei to manage core network operations follows a rigorous procurement process. We chose the partner that best met our requirements and which matched our long-term vision of how our network should be managed. This partnership is just one of a series that sees us enhance the capability of our Ultrafast network. The partnership means the existing team experience will continue to support the management of our core network.’
Victor Zhang, chief executive officer, Huawei UK said: ‘We already work with Three in six markets internationally and today’s partnership extends that relationship to the UK. The agreement is an important step in building a world-class managed services capability. Huawei has been in the UK for eleven years and by focusing on the needs of our customers, we continue to develop and grow our business.’
He added: ‘I am also pleased that later this year we will be welcoming new employees to Huawei, the skills and experience they bring will be vital as we develop our managed services capability, as well as managing Three UK’s core network operations going forward.’