According to unconfirmed local media reports, Russian mobile giant Vimpelcom has signed a five-year deal with the NVision Group for the outsourcing of its network in six regions. The outsourced areas are: the Urals, the Siberian, the North Western, the Central, the Southern, and the Moscow regions. As a result of the deal around 2,500 Vimpelcom employees will move to NVision.
TeleGeography notes that Vimpelcom’s move is in keeping with its previously outlined strategy. In February 2012 the operator outsourced its networks in the Central region to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), and saw around 500 employees transferred to the Finnish vendor. A further 1,300 specialists moved to Huawei when the operator’s networks in the Volga and Far East regions were transferred to Huawei, while February 2013 saw a similar agreement inked with Ericsson in the Siberian and Urals regions. That agreement involved over 10,000 base stations and 10,000km of fibre-optic cabling. 400 Vimpelcom employees will start work at Ericsson on 1 April 2013. The latest deal with NVision takes the total number of Vimpelcom employees that have left the company in the last year to 4,700.