India’s Reliance and Alcatel-Lucent have joined forces to offer Managed Network Services to other telecoms carriers around the world. Initially the service will be run in-house for Reliance’s CDMA and GSM network and then extended on a global basis to other parties. Operators around the world continue to focus on cutting costs and improving networks and the joint-venture hopes to capitalise on this market opportunity. Outsourcing in 2008 has got off to a great start with the TPI Index finding that 122 new contracts were signed in the first quarter, equating to a Total Contract Value (TCV) of nearly $21 billion. The Middle East and Africa (EMEA) currently lead in outsourcing adoption, with more than 65% of global contract value attributed to the region. The Americas is still growing but there a tendency now towards smaller contract values and shorter contract durations.
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