The head of Nokia’s Global Services unit is leaving a year after the division was spun off.

Igor Leprince (pictured) will leave to “pursue opportunities outside the company”, the Finland-based vendor said, having led the unit since it was separated from its parent unit Mobile Networks in April 2017.

Global Services complements Nokia's products and solutions with auxiliary services such as consulting, designing and integrating networks.

It saw like-for-like sales drop four percent to €5.8 billion in 2017, while operating profit rose one percent to €411 million.

Leprince, who has held various positions at the company since he joined in 2007 will stay on for a transitional period to support successor Sanjay Goel.

Goel is currently Head of Global Services Sales and has worked at Nokia for 10 years.

The shake-up came as Nokia announced it had introduced the latest generation of its line of digital signal processors for optical networks.

Called the PSE-3, it uses advanced modulation techniques to increase fibre capacity by up to 65 percent and reduce power requirements per bit by 60 percent, according to Nokia.

The vendor said it would help fixed operators to “meet the surging traffic demands of video, cloud and 5G by maximising the capacity and performance of every link in their optical networks.”

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