Ericsson arm to hire PA support

Technology company Ericsson Services is closing in on the appointment of its first public affairs consultancy.

A division of Swedish ­telecoms firm Ericsson, the business was formed nine months ago after s­ecuring the outsourcing contract for video mobile company 3 to manage its UK network and IT infrastructure.

The deal saw around 1,000 staff from 3's network and IT functions transfer to Ericsson last ­December.

Ericsson Services has faced local opposition in Norfolk and Cornwall, where it is erecting mobile-phone masts.

The company now wants to strengthen ties to Westminster and Whitehall. Head of corporate affairs Andrew Cumpsty said he had shortlisted agencies and was ­â€˜coming to a decision' on which to appoint.

Cumpsty, previously head of external affairs at 3 UK, is a former head of external affairs at McDonald's.

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