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For 1.2 Billion USD Cash – Nokia Siemens Networks to acquire Motorola wireless network infrastructure assets.

The Telecom equipment vendor, Nokia Siemens is a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens AG. Today NSN announced that they will be acquiring certain wireless network infrastructure assets from Motorola for a sum of 1.2 BILLION US Dollars. CASH. Last year, Nokia tried to build a position in North America with the acquisition of Nortel, but was outbid and bought by Ericsson for 1.13 Billion USD (another Nortel asset bought by Cienna for 769 Million)

  • Deal expected to complete end of 2010
  • Nokia Siemens Networks expects to gain incumbent relationships with more than 50 operators and to strengthen its position with China Mobile, Clearwire, KDDI, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.
  • Transaction expected to significantly strengthen Nokia Siemens Networks’ presence globally, particularly in the United States and Japan.
  • Acquisition to enhance position of Nokia Siemens Networks in key wireless technologies; will give company large global footprint in CDMA.
  • based on revenue, with the addition of the Motorola wireless network infrastructure business, it will become the #3 wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States, the #1 foreign wireless vendor in Japan, and strengthen its current #2 position in the global infrastructure segment.
  • 7500 employees to transfer from Motorola to Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Motorola retains the iDEN business, substantially all the patents related to its wireless network infrastructure business, and other selected assets.

Snippet from the PRESS RELEASE

Motorola’s networks infrastructure business provides products and services for wireless networks, including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE.  This business is a market leader in WiMAX, with 41 contracts in 21 countries; has a strong global footprint in CDMA with 30 active networks in 22 countries; and a robust GSM installed base, with more than 80 active networks in 66 countries; and excellent traction with LTE early adopters.

“As customers look to transition from CDMA networks to next generation technologies, the addition of the Motorola wireless network infrastructure business is targeted to ensure that we are well placed to meet those needs,” said Bosco Novak, head of Customer Operations at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Together, we will utilize the combined strength of Nokia Siemens Networks’ TD-LTE solutions and Motorola’s WiMAX and LTE businesses, to better meet customers’ evolving technology and business needs.”

PRESS RELEASE


  1. JFH
    July 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Crap, they didnt get the patents.

    • Jim
      July 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      I don’t think they care about the patents. The only thing they cared is the relation with verizon and sprint . Patents are not much, because by their nature, they have to be open standards, and everyone can use it. nokia and motorola has many patents related to mobile technology and they make a deal to use each other technologies. If I’m not mistaking patents become obsolete after a certain period and everyone can use them, but they can’t tell that they created. this thing is usually to not create a monopole.

    • Andre
      July 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      No patents but have the equipment and infrastructure. Not too bad I’d say. And definitely a better value for money than the purchase of a certain mobile phone company *cough*Palm*cough*.

      This is rather off topic, but did you happen to see the WinPho7 preview?

      • July 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm

        Yeah WP7 preview looks good, very positive polishing going on there. Shame no multitask or copy and paste, not that it matters on a smartphone you know.

        I’m kinda more scared for Gingerbread though.

        • Jim
          July 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

          I’m not that impressed by WP7. It’s a nice new concept, but will be boring in a few days, plus I don’t see a lot of features. Gingerbread I think it will be for tablets, and devices with larger screen, because there was a high demand for android tablets.

        • Roger Johnson
          July 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

          Um, hate to rain on your parade as it were 🙂 but if you think WinPho has any merit you should read this from a major publication (infoworld) that was initially impressed with it and then got a proper look:
          http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobilize/windows-phone-7-dont-bother-disaster-211?page=0,0

          FTA: “Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it’s out of the mobile game for good.”

          Microsoft are dead in mobile. Which is a slight problem, given it’s the next generation of personal computers…

          I’d continue putting your excellent efforts into Nokia/Symbian if I were you!

          • Andre
            July 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm

            Heard it. Seems like more of him tearing into it than anything else.

        • Keith
  2. Yougo
    July 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    What are the good patents that motorola have?

    • JFH
      July 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      I was hoping Nokia would get access to some CDMA & Wimax stuff.
      Jim is right, the patents do run out eventually, but new ones are already there. Nokia will lose GSM income, to be replaced by LTE patent income. They are thinking ahead.

      • Jim
        July 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

        well yes. I read somewhere but didn’t find the link now, and NSN ceo said that in the next year there will be a 20% movement from CDMA to LTE , and he said the market is moving on a position where they’re strong.

  3. N#O#R#U#L#E#S
    July 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    LTE is the future, is the real 4G (not the fucked wi-max), LTE network will be ready next year here in italy!!! LTE is faster tremendly FASTER!!!! check on internet…

    • July 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

      Yup, what is the theoretical speeds – 150MB download, 50MB upload? I’d be ecstatic for 10% of that.

      I hope by then they’d have relaxed data charges and everything is unlimited (real unlimited, or with significantly huge fair usage).

      Anyone know how is LTE on battery life?

      • Jim
        July 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

        very bad from what I know.

  4. N#O#R#U#L#E#S
    July 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    unlimited mmmh….i don’t know…. best offer here for now is 300H/19eur monthly by h3g and i think shall be the same with lte

  5. andre
    July 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Jay Montano :
    Yeah WP7 preview looks good, very positive polishing going on there. Shame no multitask or copy and paste, not that it matters on a smartphone you know.
    I’m kinda more scared for Gingerbread though.

    It’s definitely a very slick looking UI to say the least..Not quite convinced in terms of the functionality of it but we’ll see I guess. Wonder whether the supposed maemo 6 ui on top of meego will be as eye-catching. Qt’s definitely capable of that much.

  6. Lord Vader
    July 20, 2010 at 12:22 am

    It’s over 9000! (USD cash)

    • Andre
      July 20, 2010 at 12:24 am

      LOL, comedy gold.

  7. Andre
    July 20, 2010 at 3:47 am
  8. Chris
    July 20, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Can anyone say what exactly Nokia can now achieve with this purchase?

    So they get the networks and services etc etc., but it doesn’t mean that people will suddently buy tonnes of Nokia phones? :L

    • Jim
      July 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm

      nokia siemens is for enterprise products and services. they are not making phones. they build hardware for mobile operators

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