Ericpol may lure Ericsson’s BPO center to Poland

opublikowano: 12-02-2007, 10:35

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Thanks to the company of Jan Smela, Poland may be chosen for the location of a BPO center Ericsson is going to launch.

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Thanks to the company of Jan Smela, Poland may be chosen for the location of a BPO center Ericsson is going to launch.

Ericsson, the world’s leading producer of telecommunication equipment, has so far invested EUR 130m in Poland. But it may soon be more – the company is considering to launch a BPO center in Poland.

“Poland is one of five potential locations, so it has 20 percent chance to lure this project”, Lars Svennson, the head of the Polish unit of Ericsson said.

Decision should be made within a month. Poland competes with, among others, India, Bulgaria and Romania.

 Poland’s advantage is Ericpol Telecom, an R&D center founded by Jan Smela in 1991.

“Ericsson considers Krakow and Lodz, i.e. the cities where Ericpol is present”, Lars Svensson said.

Jan Smela, Ericpol founder and CEO, had for many years been Ericsson’s employee who started his own business when he noticed that software testing was needed in Ericsson. The company soon implemented new products, including its own applications, outsourcing and consulting.

“I had an offer to become a manager in Ericsson but I would have to give up heading my own company. The business was thriving, I employed 20 people so I decided to come to Poland”, Jan Smela said.

Today, his company has units in Sweden, Ukraine and Mexico and employs over 700 people. It runs projects in over 70 countries, not only for Ericsson. With PLN 85m (EUR 21.8m) of sales in 2006, the company is Poland’s second largest exporter of IT products.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.257)

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