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Thessaloniki: Over 500 employees at the Deutsche Telecom hub by 2024

Over 500 people are estimated to be employed by the IT hub of Deutsche Telecom (DT) in Thessaloniki by 2024, as revealed today by high-ranking executives of OTE, on the occasion of the visit of the Minister of Digital Governance, Kyriakos Pierrakakis, to hub facilities.

Already, as of last week, the first 258 IT scientists, coming to a significant extent from St. Petersburg (as DT announced last March that it was halting software development in the Russian city, as part of sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine ), settled in Thessaloniki, while an additional 100 recruitments are expected this year, the same number in 2023 and 70 in 2024, both from Greece and abroad. The center will cover DT’s IT needs in Germany, providing IT and software services.

DT’s IT HUB is temporarily housed in a part of the five-storey building owned by OTE, at the junction of Karolos Dill and Vasileos Herakleiou streets, but in the future it is planned to move to another property of the group, possibly one at the beginning of Lagada Street, which will renovated for this purpose. The Telekom IT hub in Thessaloniki, where software developers work, developing various solutions (billing and ERP systems, services), aims to develop into one of the most innovative IT centers in Europe.

Peter Leukert, CEO of Telekom IT, said a few days ago that Greece was chosen for the installation of the hub both for the level of its human resources and for the practical support provided by the State to investment initiatives. Today, executives of the OTE group clarified in their turn that DT did not just move the corresponding hub of St. Petersburg to Thessaloniki, but invested specifically in the creation of such a center in Greece and Thessaloniki, which it even plans to enlarge significantly in the coming years : “if we don’t find sufficient potential in Greece, we will also look for it in the rest of Europe” relevant officials said.

Mr. Pierrakakis, who was accompanied by the competent deputy minister Theodoros Livanios, was welcomed by the president and managing director of the OTE Group, Michalis Tsamaz, and the technical director, Stefanos Theocharopoulos. The minister and the deputy minister, who are expected to visit Pfizer’s Digital Innovation Center in Thessaloniki later today, did not make any statements.

Source: RES-MPE

Source: Capital

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