Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania opt for a Managed Services business model in the organizational structure of the Operations & Maintenance area, by signing a contract with Ericsson. Due to this decision, the Passive Network Maintenance, Fixed and Mobile Network Monitoring & Operations business units are to be transferred to Ericsson Romania. This partner was selected following a tender to which important players on the local and international telecom market were considered. Starting the next period, around 730 employees within the Romtelecom and COSMOTE upper-mentioned teams will join Ericsson’s Global Services organization. Based on the 7 years contract, Ericsson extends its footprint in managed services in Romania, with a new agreement with Cosmote Romania and an extension of the partnership with Romtelecom. Ericsson will assume responsibility for network operations and maintenance of wireline and wireless access, transmission, core and IP domains, as well as network operations for Ericsson’s Global Service Centers – situated in China, India, Mexico and Romania – house Global Network Operations Centers that, in combination with local and regional centers, provide managed services for networks that serve 1 billion subscribers. The Global Service Centers also develop competence to support regional service-delivery organizations to provide professional services in Information and Communications Technologies, such as consulting, IT, systems integration, network rollout and customer support.