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Nokia will outsource 820 IT staff and make 300 more redundant, leaving a skeleton IT operation at the troubled phone maker.

Up to 560 staff will transfer to Tata Consultancy Services and 260 to HCL Technologies, both of which are headquartered in India. Nokia says it has a relationship with the pair.

Only small teams will remain within the biz to "manage the interface and business relationships and to ensure smooth delivery of services", sources close to the company told The Reg.

Nokia confirmed the shift in a press statement titled "Nokia to align IT function with its business focus".

Most of the jobs at risk are in Finland, according to the Windows Phone 8 handset maker. Both Tata and HCL have offices in the country.

The company announces its Q4 2012 and annual results next Thursday. In its preliminary earnings call last week, Nokia talked of "underlying profitability", a claim analysed here. ®

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