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

July 19, 2010 21 comments

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

Video: Motorola XT720 vs Nokia N8 Video Editors – ooh the similarities.

July 16, 2010 16 comments

I was just about to have an early night when I saw @Camb078 tweet about a moto video.

Does the above video look familiar? Well if you’ve been following the N8 you’ll notice they have very similar video editors. Now, they aren’t exactly the same but the resemblance is striking to the point that I’m wondering if there’s some sort of cross platform app here.

Compare it with the vid below (start at 03:00)

I don’t understand French too well (not spoken French anyway) – you can hear N-Huit (N8) but I’m not sure if that’s in the context of comparing with phones with video editors (iPhone 4 and iMovie mentioned) or the fact that the video editor of the Motorola’s Android handset, the XT720 is so similar. At the very least it’s  – it’s refreshing to see that Motorola deems this interface good enough for the XT720 will also be seen on Nokia’s N8.

Whereas before, there may have been complaints – now anyone praising the Android(moto) version also needs to give some props to the Symbian^3 video editor as seen on N8.

The mirroring even goes as far as N8 low memory errors (though none seen so far in Demos with N8, not including this official vid which wouldn’t have one even if it did happen)

Some screenshots

MEDIA SELECTION

Text Input

Moto may want to avoid this similarity of low memory errors. (no N8 comparison from this video – though we have seen some low memory errors in other apps of preproduction firmware/hardware devices in demo)

Nokia Siemens Network in talks to buy Motorola unit

July 14, 2010 1 comment

NokiaSiemensNetworksAccording to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Nokia Siemens Networks is in negotiations to purchase Motorola Inc.’s telecommunications- equipment business. The deal is expected to be reached in the next few weeks. This would give Nokia Siemens access to Motorola’s customers in the U.S. such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp.

Furthermore, Nokia and Siemens are cutting  jobs, as previously intended, back in November when Nokia said it will eliminate  5,760 jobs worldwide to adjust to the growth in telecommunications equipments. It will also shut down offices because of the low demand and price competition with Ericsson AB (world’s largest wireless equipment supplier).

Back in November Nokia Siemens Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri said that the company would expand through acquisitions and partnerships while trimming its existing operations. Let’s hope  that Nokia’s plan will work flawlessly .

via : Business Week

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Video: Nokia N900 vs Motorola Droid vs Nokia N97 mini – Browser War.

April 24, 2010 1 comment

cellfanatic takes a look at the browsing capabilities of the Android powered Motorola Droid, Symbian fuelled Nokia N97 mini and Maemo 5 super awesomeness that is the Nokia N900. 😛

N97 mini looks strikingly beautiful here.

Anyways. Nick compares features such as:

  • screen size
  • screen resolution
  • screen type  (just a note, N900 does have a better resistive screen than N97 mini. It is the smoothest
  • scrolling
  • pinch to zooming
  • rendering/load time

Despite the Droid’s slightly larger (0.2″), slightly higher res (54pix) capacitive screen with pinch n zoom, for browsing, Nick actually awards the N900 the top spot.

“N900 – This is really setting the bar for browsing on a phone – it looks exactly is at looks on the desktop”

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwquvaOSwo8]

I look forward to pinch and zoom on Nokia phones. I like the one handed nature of spiral zoom (can’t really pinch and zoom with one hand) but look forward to the multitouch aspects in both Symbian^3 and MeeGo.

Embedded youtube playback is nice on the N900 but if we could trade off for higher res/smoother playback by running through the media player instead, I’d opt for that instead please

Video: Nokia Zero – Why the next flagship needs a proper name.

December 21, 2009 12 comments

This is a video for the Nokia Zero: The new Nokia phone to rule them all.

This post is meant to demonstrate the importance of having a “memorable product name”. This goes for services as well as devices. Here I’ve taken “Zero” as an example. The rest of the post after the video explains why I’m ranting on about names.

Why Zero?

  • Nokia like to use numbers. Simply put – 0.
  • The symbol for zero could even be the actual picture of the phone.
  • You can rearrange “NOKIA” to make “ZERO”
  • N can rotate into a Z (branding/icon simplicity)
  • Zero just has two syllables.
  • The symbol for zero (essentially a circle) has no beginning or an end – something quite omnipotent about that.
  • er…um…Zero degrees is cool? haha

I’m sure you’ll have some even better suggestions for names

[Note – I know there are other things Nokia needs to do. That’s why this ‘name-thing’ was just a small part of a huge rant discovered in my WP drafts folders]

What’s in a name?

For a product  – it is its identity, a metaphorical soul if you’ll entertain this notion [see point 4].

It shouldn’t just be an afterthought, “Ok we’ve finished this one, let’s call it N920-1TB-12MP or Melissa.”

Therefore it helps to have a memorable name, especially if they are high end and undoubtedly if it’s your flagship.

However, Nokia keeps making handsets with designations as friendly to remember as the periodic table.

As such, only a select few being able to decipher the handset behind the anonymous digits.

As a tech manufacturer you want everyone to know about your product. Not just your geek fans or people in the industry. When you’ve penetrated society such that the very non-tech minded has heard about your product, you’re onto a good thing. And one of the key factors to that is the right name.

Here are four points to consider:

1. Name needs to be iconic, simple to remember

The name is essential as a “storage” for that product’s reputation….

Person 1: “Oh, wow, that’s a brilliant phone, what’s it called?”

You: “This is the N920-1TB-12MP”

Person 1: “The what?!”

…as well as making it easier for purchasing…

Customer: “Hi, hello, I’d like to buy the um…I think it’s called the N9 something…Nokia N920”

Sales Team: “There’s no N920. Do you mean the N90, N91, N92, N93, N95, N96, N97, N79? 9700?…”

Customer: “Erm…*hangs up*”

…and setting it apart to compete with other manufacturers.

2. Helps if there’s an actual reasoning behind the name, e.g. a theme

This helps with advertising by being able to reinforce the identity of the product with imagery related to the name.

e.g. Droid – Android powered – Robotic/Powerful/Technological etc [vs Milestone – wtf]

Names (vs numbers) and names with meaning evoke memories and emotional responses better towards your product.

3. Syllable count matters

Although they may only be 3/4 characters long, e.g. N97, N900, 6303, consider the syllable count

N97: EN – Nine – Ty – Se-ven [5]

N900 – EN – Nine – Hun – Dred [4]

6303 – Six – ty – three – oh – three [5]

I can understand having these practical numerical designations for lower end handsets, but not mid, and quite inexcusable for the high end.

More syllables means more margin for error and confusion.

[Note also that now Nokia are going to focus on less quantity/more quality handsets, it’s now much more feasible to use names and not codes numbers!]

4. Try and keep that name across future handsets

Just an idea to possibly spur some better names for Nokia's high end/flagships

Once you’ve built a good reputation with that handset, you’re gonna want to take advantage of that for its successor.

Over time the handset’s name will be an indicator of its pedigree.

As the success of the previous model is already etched in people’s minds, having that same name makes the transtition to the successor much easier. Better for brand loyalty (as people know what they’ll be getting) and better to entice other consumers (as the each new handset in line contributes to that renowned heritage)

Keep the name, and you accumulate each new strength of the successor. The name becomes a phrase that’s part of society and every day living.

Lose the name and you lose the history.

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Prime example across the board is iPhone. Simple, two syllable “iGoodness”.

Because apple have kept the same moniker despite there being 3 different models across several memory/colour variants, iPhone steadily but surely solidified its reputation as a world class gadget. With each new model it simply just added onto the known success and hype whilst gradually ironing out flaws.