Marconi outsources IT work to CSC

Marconi, a London-based provider of telecommunications equipment and services, has decided to outsource a variety of IT tasks to Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC).

By outsourcing to CSC, Marconi seeks to reduce costs and focus on its core business of building, maintaining and supporting the networks of telecommunications companies, CSC said in a statement Tuesday.

The 10-year, US$735 million deal calls for CSC to support and manage Marconi's IT help desk, desktops, networks and midrange servers, to develop and maintain applications and to provide telecommunications services, CSC said.

The agreement encompasses Marconi IT operations worldwide, with the exception of its Asia Pacific and Middle East regions and the company's U.K.-based Interactive Systems business, CSC said.

About 360 Marconi IT employees in Europe, Africa and the Americas will get transferred to CSC in June 2003. Another 40 Marconi IT employees will get switched over to British Telecommunications PLC, which is a subcontractor to CSC in this deal for networking services.

Marconi announced a restructuring plan in August 2002 to refocus on its networking and telecommunications business and trim its debt. It announced the plan's completion on May 19.

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