Why RIM Would Bid on Nortel
The reasoning isn't really that obscure, however: RIM wants engineers that understand the orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) technology that underpins both WiMax and LTE (long-term evolution) wireless broadband. The intellectual property that Nortel holds in this area probably wouldn't hurt either.
Consider that RIM is already rumored to have horned in on infrastructure vendor talent before. The BlackBerry maker was said to have hired ex-Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) WiMax engineers this year. (See Moto Job Cuts Weigh on WiMax.)
The company has said before that it plans to take advantage of gloomy market conditions to buy in more technology it needs and to hire more staff. (See RIM Buys on the Downbeat.)
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung