Nokia’s plans to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to global management consultancy Accenture kick off this week after the deal was formally signed.
The deal will see 2,300 employees from China, Finland, India, the UK and the United States transfer from Nokia to Accenture.
Under the agreement, originally announced on 22 June this year, Accenture will provide Symbian-based software development and support services to Nokia at least until 2016 and also become the preferred supplier for Nokia in its transition to Windows Phone.
Marty Cole, chief executive of Accenture Communications, Media & Technology operating group said: ‘We look forward to supporting Nokia in the execution of its strategy.
‘We are focused on growing our business in mobility and embedded software. The addition of these highly skilled technologists and engineers to Accenture will strengthen our capabilities in these areas.
Accenture will work with Avanade, a technology service company that is majority-owned by Accenture and focuses on Microsoft technologies, to provide further services to Nokia.