Optus just cut 170 staff and outsourced their jobs to Nokia

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Optus will cut 170 jobs as it outsources its network operations and assurance team.

From the middle of next year, the function will be provided by outsourcing provider Nokia out of both Australia and India, reports iTnews, resulting in mass redundancies of in-house positions.

Optus confirmed the Nokia deal to Business Insider, saying:

“Optus will be working with our long-term technology partner Nokia on a more sustainable business model and over the next five years we will deepen our partnership with Nokia to deliver the end-to-end management and maintenance of our network.”

Despite the company seeking to redeploy as many roles as it could, the outsourcing decision will result in redundancies for about 170 employees.

Optus stated that Nokia would bring “industry best practices” to the network operations function and provide “a more streamlined and cost effective model”. The telco will also collaborate further with Nokia in the fields of 5G and “next gen technologies” like artificial intelligence.

The country’s second largest telco, owned by Singtel, seems to be in the midst of structural reform. Yesterday, 70 staffers from the Optus Business division were informed they would be cut.

In April, 320 employees were terminated from multiple teams, but the company said at the time that 140 new jobs would be added to offset the terminations.

Optus also cut 500 jobs in April last year as the telco pivoted back from a pure carrier to diversify into content, like with its purchase of the broadcast rights to English soccer.

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