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Nokia Siemens, TCS tie up for R&D

Posted: 04 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:R&D agreement? product engineering? business software business?

An R&D agreement has been forged between Nokia Siemens Networks and Tata Consultancy Services. Nokia Siemens Networks will transfer some product engineering and R&D services and parts of its operations and business software business unit to TCS.

The reassigned parts belong to the Nokia Siemens Networks development center in D?sseldorf, Germany, including 90 employees who will be transferred to TCS as part of this engagement.

With this agreement Nokia Siemens Networks and TCS will create an efficient set-up whereby TCS will provide global R&D services to Nokia Siemens Networks by leveraging its expertise in the telecommunications sector. The transfer of R&D capabilities to trusted business partners such as TCS is part of Nokia Siemens Networks' overall strategy to realize synergy savings.

Advatages gained
"For many years, Tata Consultancy Services has been a valuable partner to Nokia and Siemens, our parent companies. TCS brings to the table an in-depth experience in outsourcing projects and a proven track record of successfully transferring and integrating customers' R&D personnel. This deal provides the employees in D?sseldorf with an excellent opportunity to work with international teams in a global company," says Juhani Hintikka, head of the operations and business software business unit of Nokia Siemens Networks.

"The agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks reiterates TCS' capability to enhance customers' business by leveraging our superior R&D services and strong domain. As the R&D partner for Nokia Siemens Networks, TCS will share its innovative approaches, global best practices and benchmark standards to ensure excellence. The new regional delivery center for telecommunications customers in D?sseldorfwhere the transferred employees will workis strategic to us, as Germany is a key European market", said N. Chandrasekaran, chief operating officer and executive director of TCS.

Analyst's view
"With its strong domain expertise, the worldwide delivery structures based on the company's proprietary Global Network Delivery Model and its strategic alliance partners, TCS is well-placed as a strong competitor in Europe. The integration of Nokia Siemens Networks employees would establish TCS' local presence and strengthen its position as a global player. This is especially important in Germany where brand recognition is key," said Graham Pascoe, partner with the analyst house PriceWaterhouseCooper Advisory.

Working towards its vision of five billion people connected by 2015, Nokia Siemens Networks puts innovation and R&D at the top of its agenda. Working with R&D providers like TCS enhances Nokia Siemens Networks' ability to deliver new, exciting and profitable services to their customers.

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