Telefónica, HP and Microsoft will work with Nokia to transform the Finnish vendor’s IT infrastructure as it turns its attention to “next-generation” service delivery.

The strategic partnership will see the companies revamp Nokia’s IT enterprise systems, moving them to the cloud while also implementing a unified communications platform.

Nokia said it wanted to create a “world-class” IT infrastructure that would allow it to deliver new services more quickly and facilitate the development of next generation software.

The vendor also claimed the revamp would bolster productivity in-house and create a better working environment for its employees.

Under the agreement, HP will provide its Helion Managed Private Cloud enterprise computing service to Nokia and will assist with workplace connectivity and networking technologies.

Microsoft will take charge of moving Nokia’s IT services to its cloud-based Office 365 and Microsoft Azure systems.

Telecoms services will be delivered by Telefónica, including Wide Area Network internet access and a unified platform for Nokia’s fixed voice, video and conferencing services.

The transformation, which comes just weeks after Nokia announced plans to acquire rival Alcatel-Lucent, is expected to be completed by Q1 2017.

Manfred Immitzer, CIO of Nokia Networks, said: "This investment will further improve our infrastructure quality and agility. It will simplify the global network solution and provide a much better service experience and connectivity for the users - our employees.

“In partnership with other industry leaders, we have laid a solid foundation to profit from next-generation software and optimise our IT Infrastructure costs. This IT infrastructure renewal is the biggest and most impactful IT program we have initiated over the last years."

Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri labelled the company’s Q1 performance as “unsatisfactory” after operating profits from its core Networks division plummeted 61 percent.

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