Light Reading
Potential buyers are sizing up the service provider IT (SPIT) assets that Nokia Siemens Networks has put on the block

M&A Interest in NSN's BSS Assets Builds

Ray Le Maistre
3/5/2012
50%
50%

Nokia Networks looks likely to attract bidders for the business support systems (BSS) assets the vendor put up for sale late last year.

When the European firm announced its reorganization in November 2012, it identified a number of product lines that were no longer core to its future, some of which it has already sold. (See Can NSN Offload Its Carrier Ethernet Assets?, NSN to Sell WiMax Biz , Adtran to Buy NSN's Broadband Unit and DragonWave to Buy NSN Unit.)

That "Kill List" included its BSS line of business -- essentially its "charge@once unified" charging and billing engine and its legacy pre-paid charging product, "charge@once select." (See NSN Unveils Its Kill List and NSN to Cut 17,000 Staff.)

Now Light Reading has learned of at least one Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) firm that's seeking to raise private equity cash to bid for NSN's BSS assets, while others on the show floor at last week's Mobile World Congress 2012 believe there might also be interest from telecom software players who would like NSN's customer list and IT players without their own charging capabilities, such as IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM).

While no potential price has been ventured, NSN's billing and charging platform is used by more than 300 service providers that collectively serve more than 550 million customers. That's a lot of potential business for other companies that, unlike NSN, want to focus on the back-office billing/charging/marketing engine and/or develop mobile wallet capabilities.

Iris Heinonen, head of marketing and communications at NSN's Business Solutions division, told Light Reading that she couldn't comment on whether any companies had expressed any interest or done due diligence on the BSS line of business. But "if there is a buyer, then we may well sell it."

She did note, though, that NSN had continued to develop the unified charging/billing platform, a new version is being launched in April and operators continue to be migrated from NSN's legacy pre-paid billing platform to the unified platform.

Heinonen said NSN had decided there were now "limited innovation" possibilities for NSN with the unified platform. "We don't need to own it -- that's not core for us. The feedback from our customers is that they want us to focus on our CEM [customer experience management] developments. We are focusing on the systems that are gathering and using the data from a service provider's BSS systems," stated the NSN executive, who added there had been a great deal of interest from operators in the CEM On Demand capabilities the vendor was promoting at Mobile World Congress (interest that was witnessed firsthand by this editor on a number of occasions). (See NSN Launches CEM On Demand and AlcaLu, NSN Turn Up CEM Volume.)

For more on CEM, check out our Customer Experience Management Briefing Center and these recent items:

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
LRTV Custom TV
Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Inaugural Optical Innovation Forum in Nice

9|2|14   |     |   (0) comments


More than 170 attendees from network operators, service providers, analyst firms, and component companies from around the world convened in Nice in June for the inaugural Optical Innovation Forum, co-produced by Huawei and Light Reading.
Wagner’s Ring
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
LRTV Custom TV
Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Introducing 'The New IP'
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/11/2014
Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/12/2014
AT&T to Launch WiFi Calling in 2015
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/12/2014
AT&T: We'll Bundle Fixed Wireless & DirecTV
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/15/2014
Analyzing Apple & VoLTE
Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, 9/12/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed