TietoEnator and MERA Enter into Strategic Partnership

TietoEnator Selects MERA as a Competence Source for Telecom Software R&D

May 19, 2005. - MERA, a forefront telecom software engineering service provider, and TietoEnator, the leading supplier of R&D services for the telecom sector in Europe, have announced the award of a telecom R&D strategic partnership contract.

The first project within the framework of this strategic partnership will engage above 100 MERA’s software engineers to provide the complete cycle of development, testing and support services for the TietoEnator SS7 signaling solutions. The scope of assignments to be contracted is expected to grow in the course of the next few years.

TietoEnator’s global sourcing strategy is based on a clear division of responsibilities between TietoEnator’s business units, the sites close to TietoEnator’s customers and the low-cost sourcing sites for certain areas of expertise. MERA came superbly qualified to meet every requirement that TietoEnator desired in a sourcing partner for Telecom software R&D. Such positive appraisal came from the TietoEnator audit team that performed comprehensive auditing of MERA’s R&D facilities in regards to security enforcement policies, quality standards, operations management strategies, and the company’s technology infrastructure.

«TietoEnator’s signaling team has been in the forefront of SS7 development for almost 10 years,» comments Jan de Waern, VP Strategic Sourcing & Alliances, Telecom & Media, TietoEnator. «Now, we launch the sourcing partnership with MERA in response to the current market demand that made us look for the opportunities to expand our production capacity in a cost-effective manner. We believe that MERA will become a valuable source to strengthen our leadership in the SS7 signaling technology in future».

«Today’s business environment requires an ongoing effort to create added value for customers while reducing costs,» says Dmitry Ponomarev, President of MERA Group. «Just so, the benefits that TietoEnator is going to derive from partnering with MERA go far beyond cost reduction. MERA offers an unrivaled blend of intellectual resources, project management skills, and security and quality assurance policies. This combination will become a strong asset for our partner».

About TietoEnator

TietoEnator is the leading supplier of R&D services for the telecom sector in Europe. TietoEnator specializes in consulting, developing and hosting its customers’ business operations in the digital economy. The Group’s services are based on a combination of deep industry-specific expertise and latest information technology. TietoEnator has close to 14,000 experts in more than 20 countries. www.tietoenator.com




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