Switzerland’s Sunrise is to outsource its IT operations to Huawei in a managed services deal.

The operator said 31 employees would join the China-based vendor with a guaranteed 12-month contract and “comparable” conditions in November. It added there would be no job cuts.

Huawei already manages Sunrise’s networks as part of a five-year signed in 2012.

The latest deal includes all IT “base services” from the operation of hardware up to the database level.

However, Sunrise will retain IT strategy, project management and development capability in-house.

It said the main targets of the deal were improved flexibility, the “fast introduction” of state-of-the-art services and clear end-to-end responsibility.

The operator’s CIO Detlef Steinmetz left the company last November as part of reorganisation.

It hired four vendors for an overhaul of its digital operations last August.

Sunrise CTO Elmar Grasser said: “While having the best experience since 2012 with Huawei in the mobile network, we are very happy to enlarge our partnership with Huawei on the IT operations.”

Haijun Xiao, CEO of Huawei Switzerland added: “This project is a key milestone in our strong partnership with Sunrise.

“It will stimulate operational efficiencies under an ICT converged environment and support Sunrise`s business growth with our innovative products and services.”

New Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee said there was “more to be done” as the Swiss operator saw sales and profits decline in the second quarter.

Revenues fell 3.2 percent to CHF472 million, while EBITDA was down from CHF153 million to CHF148 million.

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