Strategic Outsourcing: Opportunities and Challenges for Telecom Operators

Strategic Outsourcing: Opportunities and Challenges for Telecom Operators

Varadharajan Sridhar (University of Pannonia, Hungary)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-770-6.ch065
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Abstract

Telecom operators have a wide variety of functions to perform including marketing of telecom products and services, managing their networks, providing after-sales customer service, and innovating new products and services in tune with fast changing technologies. Though until recently the telcos have kept their core network management functions in-house, there are recent announcements of large scale outsourcing of network management functions. As operators, especially those providing mobile services, have evolved from offering voice services to advanced data and video services, the Information Technology (IT) services required for appropriate management of these vale added service offerings have also become complex. Some carriers have also outsourced their IT functions to large IT services vendors. In this chapter we deliberate the reasons for strategic outsourcing such as core competency, production economies, and transaction costs as presented in the literature and analyze these in the context of outsourcing model pioneered by an Indian mobile operator. We also explain vulnerabilities and risks associated with these outsourcing contracts and measures to be taken by the firm to mitigate their effects.

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