T-Systems, the troubled IT and network services arm of Deutsche Telekom, is reportedly planning to invest heavily in growing its Hungarian operation.
T-Systems is said to be ready to spend HUF 23bn ($133.5m) on growing its IT services centers in Budapest and Debrecen. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, IT Services Hungary, T-Systems employs approximately 400 staff in Budapest, with over 160 located in Debrecen. The investment is intended to facilitate the addition of 1,000 new employees in Debrecen by the end of 2009, with 700 more to be recruited in Budapest.
The reports come in the same week that BT Global Services, the IT services division of TK-based telecoms giant BT Group, was said to be considering significantly boosting its own Hungarian headcount in the coming year. The company plans to add 150 staff to its existing center in Budapest, increasing headcount there to approximately 350, and open a new center in Debrecen in January which will house about 200 employees.
BTGS’s Budapest center provides sales support and service management functions, while the new Debrecen facility will offer internal support to BT in areas such as product development, pricing, tendering, and customer services.