Nokia Signs Software Development and Support Outsourcing Deal with Accenture

Nokia has closed a Symbian software development and support services outsourcing deal with Accenture.

The deal, which was first announced on July 22nd 2011 states Accenture will provide software development and support services to Nokia until at least 2016. Nokia said Accenture will also be the preferred supplier for Nokia as it moves to Windows Phone.

Under the deal, 2,300 Nokia employees in the UK, China, India, United States and Finland will be transferred to Accenture.

"We are focused on growing our business in mobility and embedded software. The addition of these highly skilled technologists and engineers to Accenture will strengthen our capabilities in these areas," said chief executive, Accenture Communications, Media & Technology operating group, Marty Cole.

"We look forward to supporting Nokia in the execution of its strategy," he added. Accenture also plans to work with Avanade, a technology services company that Accenture has a majority share, to provide other services to the mobile phone giant.

The deal was announced shortly after Nokia stated it would abandon Symbian and work with Microsoft to develop smartphones based on the Windows Phone 7 platform.