Nokia sells Symbian services arm to Accenture

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Nokia is selling its Symbian services arm to Accenture for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition of the Finnish giant's Symbian Professional Services arm, which focuses on engineering and support for the operating system, is expected to close in the third quarter of this year and will involved the transfer of around 165 people globally to Accenture's employ.

"The acquisition of the Symbian professional services unit will enhance Accenture's existing embedded software, product-development and testing skills to help players in the mobile solutions ecosystem address ever-more-demanding time-to-market and quality requirements," said Jean Laurent Poitou, managing director of Accenture's electronics and high tech industry group, in a statement.

Peter Ropke, senior vice president of Nokia's devices arm, added: "This agreement allows the Symbian professional services team to realise its full potential in the supply of independent services to the open-source ecosystemThe transaction underscores Nokia's commitment to the open-source community and the Symbian ecosystem."

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