MUNICH, Germany Nokia Siemens Networks continues its strategy to 'carve out and lease back' R&D resources. The latest move is the sale of research and development activities for VoIP and Media Gateways to IBM.
According to an agreement signed Friday (September 28), 'Big Blue' will take over certain R&D facilities based in Munich and Berlin including about 235 staff members by December. The staff in question is working on R&D for Next Generation Voice and Multimedia, Media Gateway, Mobile Internet Connections and VoIP for private and business customers.
Like in similar cases in the past, NSN maintains access to the resources of the entities sold. Thus, the telecommunications equipment giant can continue its own activities in those segments. In addition, IBM grants NSN limited access to further R&D resources.
The departments sold and the activities remaining in the company will maintain close cooperation, NSN said. The cooperation involves a range of segments such as Program Management, Product Management, Architecture, Technical Support and Systems Level Testing. Over time, development services will also be offered to other IBM clients, the companies informed.
The move aims at increasing greater workforce flexibility and improving cost management while being able to leverage the expertise of its R&D partners.
Recently, Nokia Siemens Networks had announced to sell a Belgian R&D group to IT consulting company Devoteam Group, following a similar approach. Also departments that before the merger with Siemens were part of Nokia have already been transferred to external partners.