Huawei has clinched a five-year managed services deal with Telefónica UK.
Th deal marks the company's first major managed services agreement in the UK.
Under the new agreement, Huawei will be responsible for planning and managing the core transmission, mobile access and core network build in the multi-vendor core network.
The agreement will see 56 permanent roles transfer from Telefónica UK to work for Huawei’s managed services business.
The company said the terms and conditions of staff transferring from O2 will be protected, adding that Huawei has no plans to transfer any roles out of the UK.
A further 62 contractor roles will also be transferring alongside the permanent employees.
Victor Zhang, CEO of Huawei UK said: 'Huawei works with Telefónica in a number of markets around the world and today’s agreement means we are extending our relationship to the UK. Today’s announcement is an important first step in building a world-class managed services capability in the UK. The agreement is a long-term strategic commitment from both Huawei and Telefónica UK to deliver the best in class management of a core network.'
Zhang added that the new employees' skills and experience 'will be invaluable as we seek to develop our managed services capabilities in the UK as well as managing Telefónica UK’s core network. This agreement further underlines our long term commitment and investment in the UK market.'