Telefónica’s German subsidiary has signed up Nokia to manage its fixed and mobile network operations.

Nokia will develop a simplified management structure across Telefónica Germany’s entire mobile access, core and fixed network operations, as well as provide back office tasks, including network monitoring and preventative maintenance.

The Finland-based company will also offer real-time remote and local support as part of the deal, financial details of which were not disclosed.

Nokia already manages the E-Plus network, acquired by Telefónica Germany in 2014.

In total, the operator serves more than 48 million customer lines, 43 million of which are mobile.

In June, Telefónica signed up Nokia to supply a new optical metro network in Spain.

Cayetano Carbajo Martín, Chief Technology Officer of Telefónica Germany, said: “Levering Nokia’s expertise as a managed services supplier across our entire network will allow us to simplify operations and enhance performance and quality, allowing us to concentrate on delivering an outstanding subscriber experience across Germany.”

According to data released by research house IHS in May, the overall market for telecom outsourcing will slow during the next few years.

It said Nokia trailed rivals Ericsson, Huawei, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and IBM in 2015.

Nokia is due to release its latest financial results tomorrow (Thursday).

J Carlos Sampedro, who heads Nokia’s business with Telefónica Germany , said: “We have already proven our managed services expertise and experience with the management of the E-Plus network.

“Working with Telefónica we can swiftly centralise support and ensure the highest level of network availability and quality.”

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