Date: 19th January 2015
London and Budapest, 19th January 2015 - AsiaInfo, China’s leading telecoms IT supplier, today announced the opening of its new European Nearshore Delivery Center (NDC). The NDC - which will support AsiaInfo’s increasing presence in Europe as the company begins a major joint project with Telenor Hungary – will be co-located within Telenor Hungary’s Törökbálint HQ near Budapest.
AsiaInfo said it expected to employ some 180 staff in the Törökbálint center within two years and is planning to recruit more than half the workforce locally, working alongside experts relocating from China.
The company plans for the NDC to be providing support services for up to eight European operator projects by 2016.
Announcing the opening of the NDC, AsiaInfo’s European Managing Director, Alex Hawker, said: “Little more than one year after announcing our first major European project, we are now embarking on our second one, and at the same time opening up a major new delivery center to support our customers and our expanding business.”
At the ceremony to mark the official opening of the NDC, Christopher Laska, CEO of Telenor Hungary, said: “Last year we celebrated our 20th anniversary, now we are preparing ourselves for the next 20 years: our new partner AsiaInfo will help us further improve the Telenor customer experience.
“AsiaInfo will employ dozens of Hungarian developers, thus keeping local IT talents in Hungary and contributing to the growth of value-adding industries. I am particularly pleased that they are moving into the Telenor House in Törökbálint, further raising our profile as a center for excellence in telecommunications.”
The first local engineers have already been recruited for the new NDC, which will be headed by AsiaInfo Senior Director, Chen Huaping.
Prior to joining AsiaInfo, Chen Huaping was Chief Solution Architect in the Telecoms Business Unit of Hewlett Packard. He has extensive experience of both telecoms business and technical architecture with a track record of success in delivering major projects.
“This new project in Hungary and the opening of the NDC represent major milestones in our global expansion,” said Chen Huaping. “This is further evidence that the innovation our Veris BSS Product Suite brings from China is making a real impact in the European marketplace.”
About AsiaInfo, Inc.
AsiaInfo, Inc. is a leading provider of internet-based systems and software to the telecommunications industry. Headquartered in Beijing, we employ more than 11,500 professionals worldwide.
AsiaInfo provides a full suite of business and operations support systems and professional services to solve the business challenges of the future. Through our innovative BSS/OSS, Big Data, and security software products, AsiaInfo is driving the transformation of the telecoms industry into the new Business Internet era.
Our core Veris™ product suite includes billing and customer care systems that serve nearly a billion subscribers globally, plus business intelligence, network management, network security, and OTT and cross-vertical collaboration solutions. Veris is the cornerstone of our growing ecosystem to support the transformation to the Business Internet.
Our customers work with us to converge large scale pre-and post-paid mobile operations; improve time to market for new products and services; and develop cost-effective new business models. In China we have more than 50% market share in Billing, CRM and Business Intelligence through our longstanding partnerships with China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. We have deployed our BSS solutions with leading operators throughout Asia, and our expansion into Europe has already resulted in two major contracts with Telenor Group. For more information please visit: www.asiainfo.com
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Telenor Hungary was established under the name Pannon GSM as part of the Telenor Group in 1994. With more than 1,100 employees and a market share of 30%, it is one of the leading mobile operators of the Hungarian market. Telenor Hungary provides efficient, affordable and easy-to-use voice and data services, mobile content and value-added services to 3.5 million consumers and business customers. Its continuously upgraded nationwide Hipernet network and innovative solutions make the company a long-term investor in Hungary.
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 13 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 33 per cent) in VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 17 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 166 million mobile subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q4 2013, revenues in 2013 of NOK 104 billion, and a workforce of about 33,000. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit: http://www.telenor.com